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that are usually related to limbic system, and often to be found to have On the other hand see link below for a great review by Price and Drevets about the neural circuits For example, the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) - a part of the 'lower' prefrontal cortex (PFC) - One of their (ACC, OFC) function is to control limbic activity. The cortex of the limbic system is a simpler pattern of cells and connecting fibers than anatomoclinical evidence of the role of the limbic system in memory function. This connectivity seems to serve as a link between various brain regions and Although some neuroscientists include the frontal cortex as part of the limbic. The limbic system, or the paleomammalian cortex, is a set of brain structures located on both . The limbic system is also tightly connected to the prefrontal cortex. To cure severe emotional disorders, this connection was sometimes surgically severed, . He became interested in the brain's control of emotion and behavior.
Hence, we review here, the possible mechanisms through which vestibular system can influence emotions and highlight the necessary knowledge gaps, which warrants further research to develop vestibular stimulation techniques as a means to treat health conditions associated with emotional disturbances. Vestibular system via the vestibular nuclei has a wide spread of network within the higher centers of the brain, which is evident from the observations of diverse activation patterns following vestibular stimulation.
For instance, spinning chair was used to treat mania or elevated arousal in nineteenth century. The following key words were used in our literature search: Vestibular stimulation influences emotions through modulating cerebral cortex The vestibular nucleus acts as a relay station between the peripheral and central nervous system. Experience and behavior are two major factors, which can influence emotions, and the cerebral cortex plays a critical role in mediating emotions.
It is likely that these networks may exist in several forms include the chemical forms dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine which are part of the diffused modulatory systems.
Role of limbic system in vestibular stimulation influencing emotions The limbic system is a major cluster of higher centers, which influences emotions. The limbic system consists of cingulate gyrus and parahippocampal gyrus in the cerebral cortex, several nuclei in the cerebrum, amygdala, hypothalamus mammillary bodyand hippocampus.
The anatomical organization of the limbic system varies across different species and is highly developed in species exhibiting strong emotional behaviors. The hypothalamus is a vital part of the limbic system; hence, vestibular stimulation by influencing hypothalamus can impact emotions either independently or as part of the general limbic system networks.
Understanding the links between vestibular and limbic systems regulating emotions
Indeed, the influence of hypothalamus on emotional behavior is previously reported,[ 27 ] which is not surprising considering the role of this center in thermoregulation and several vital endocrine functions. There are inputs from most of the body as well as from olfaction, the viscera and the retina. It also has internal sensors for temperature, osmolarity, glucose and sodium concentration.
In addition, there are receptors for various internal signals, particularly hormones. These include steroid hormones, and other hormones as well as internal signals such as hormones involved in appetite control such as leptin and orexin. The hypothalamus strongly influences many functions including autonomics, endocrine functions and behaviors.
Autonomic functions are controlled via projections to the brain stem and spinal cord. There are localized areas in the hypothalamus that will activate the sympathetic nervous system and some that will increase parasympathetic activity. Endocrine functions are controlled either by direct axonal connections to the posterior pituitary gland vasopressin and oxytocin control or via release of releasing factors into the hypothalamic-hypophyseal portal system to influence anterior pituitary function.
There are also projections to the reticular formation that are involved in certain behaviors, particularly emotional reactions. Some functions are intrinsic to the hypothalamus.
These are functions that require a direct input to the hypothalamus and where the response is generated directly via hypothalamic outputs. Included are such things as temperature and osmolarity regulation. There are many functions where the hypothalamus monitors the internal melieu and produces a regulatory response. These include the regulation of endocrine functions and appetite.
For example, the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus is considered a satiety area, while the lateral hypothalamic area is a feeding center. Additionally, there are many complex behaviors that are patterned by the hypothalamus, including sexual responses. The preoptic area is one of the areas of greatest sexual dimorphism i.
These sexual responses involve autonomic, endocrine and behavioral responses. Finally, the suprachiasmatic nucleus receives direct retinal input. This nucleus is responsible for entraining circadian rhythms to the day-night cycle.
Amygdala The amygdala is an important structure located in the anterior temporal lobe within the uncus. The amygdala makes reciprocal connections with many brain regions figure 32 including the thalamus, hypothalamus, septal nuclei, orbital frontal cortex, cingulate gyrus, hippocampus, parahippocampal gyrus, and brain stem. The olfactory bulb is the only area that makes input to the amygdala and does not receive reciprocal projections from the amygdala.
The amygdala is a critical center for coordinating behavioral, autonomic and endocrine responses to environmental stimuli, especially those with emotional content. It is important to the coordinated responses to stress and integrates many behavioral reactions involved in the survival of the individual or of the species, particularly to stress and anxiety. Lesions of the amygdala reduce responses to stress, particularly conditioned emotional responses.
Stimulation of the amygdala produces behavioral arousal and can produce directed rage reactions. Various stimuli produce responses mediated by the amygdala. The convergence of inputs is important since it allows the generation of learned emotional responses to a variety of situations.
The amygdala responds to a variety of emotional stimuli, but mostly those related to fear and anxiety. Hippocampus The hippocampus is an ancient area of cerebral cortex that has three layers.
This is located in the medial aspect of the temporal lobe, forming the medial wall of the lateral ventricle in this area.
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The hippocampus has several parts. The dentate gyrus contains densely packed granule cells. These are designated as CA1 to CA4. These contain prominent pyramidal cells.
The CA fields blend into the adjacent subiculum, which, in turn, is connected to the entorhinal cortex on the parahippocampal gyrus of the temporal lobe. There are several sources of hippocampal afferents. These are primarily from the septum and hypothalamus via the fornix and from the adjacent entorhinal cortex. This cortical region receives input from diffuse areas of the neocortex, especially the limbic cortex, and from the amygdala.
The entorhinal cortex projects to the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus via the perforant pathway, synapsing on granule cells. These granule cells connect to pyramidal neurons in the CA3 region, which, in turn, project by Sheaffer collaterals to CA1 pyramidal cells. A part of the basal ganglia called the striatum controls posture and movement. Recent studies indicate that, if there is an inadequate supply of dopamine, the striatum is affected, which can lead to visible behavioral symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Some scientists contend that this connection is related to the pleasure obtained from solving problems. To cure severe emotional disorders, this connection was sometimes surgically severed, a procedure of psychosurgerycalled a prefrontal lobotomy this is actually a misnomer.
Patients having undergone this procedure often became passive and lacked all motivation. These interactions are closely linked to olfaction, emotions, drives, autonomic regulation, memory, and pathologically to encephalopathy, epilepsy, psychotic symptoms, cognitive defects. Some of the disorders associated with the limbic system and its interacting components are epilepsy and schizophrenia. Spatial memory[ edit ] The first and most widely researched area concerns memory, spatial memory in particular.
Spatial memory was found to have many sub-regions in the hippocampus, such as the dentate gyrus DG in the dorsal hippocampus, the left hippocampus, and the parahippocampal region. The dorsal hippocampus was found to be an important component for the generation of new neurons, called adult-born granules GCin adolescence and adulthood.
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This is thought to integrate spatial and episodic memories with the limbic system via a feedback loop that provides emotional context of a particular sensory input. However, Spreng  found that the left hippocampus is, in fact, a general concentrated region for binding together bits and pieces of memory composed not only by the hippocampus, but also by other areas of the brain to be recalled at a later time. Learning[ edit ] The hippocampus, over the decades, has also been found to have a huge impact in learning.
Curlik and Shors  examined the effects of neurogenesis in the hippocampus and its effects on learning. This researcher and his team employed many different types of mental and physical training on their subjects, and found that the hippocampus is highly responsive to these latter tasks.
Thus, they discovered an upsurge of new neurons and neural circuits in the hippocampus as a result of the training, causing an overall improvement in the learning of the task. This neurogenesis contributes to the creation of adult-born granules cells GCcells also described by Eichenbaum  in his own research on neurogenesis and its contributions to learning.
The creation of these cells exhibited "enhanced excitability" in the dentate gyrus DG of the dorsal hippocampus, impacting the hippocampus and its contribution to the learning process. As previously mentioned, spatial memory is a cognitive function greatly intertwined with the hippocampus.
While damage to the hippocampus may be a result of a brain injury or other injuries of that sort, researchers particularly investigated the effects that high emotional arousal and certain types of drugs had on the recall ability in this specific memory type.
In particular, in a study performed by Parkard,  rats were given the task of correctly making their way through a maze. In the first condition, rats were stressed by shock or restraint which caused a high emotional arousal. When completing the maze task, these rats had an impaired effect on their hippocampal-dependent memory when compared to the control group.
Then, in a second condition, a group of rats were injected with anxiogenic drugs. Like the former these results reported similar outcomes, in that hippocampal-memory was also impaired. Studies such as these reinforce the impact that the hippocampus has on memory processing, in particular the recall function of spatial memory. Furthermore, impairment to the hippocampus can occur from prolonged exposure to stress hormones such as Glucocorticoids GCswhich target the hippocampus and cause disruption in explicit memory.
Over the course of fifty years he participated in thousands of tests and research projects that provided specific information on exactly what he had lost. Semantic and episodic events faded within minutes, having never reached his long term memory, yet emotions, unconnected from the details of causation, were often retained. Suzanne Corkin, who worked with him for 46 years until his death, described the contribution of this tragic "experiment" in her book.
Like the hippocampus, processes in the amygdala seem to impact memory; however, it is not spatial memory as in the hippocampus but the semantic division of episodic-autobiographical memory EAM networks. Markowitsch's  amygdala research shows it encodes, stores, and retrieves EAM memories. To delve deeper into these types of processes by the amygdala, Markowitsch  and his team provided extensive evidence through investigations that the "amygdala's main function is to charge cues so that mnemonic events of a specific emotional significance can be successfully searched within the appropriate neural nets and re-activated.
Attentional and emotional processes[ edit ] Besides memory, the amygdala also seems to be an important brain region involved in attentional and emotional processes.