By Line Bloch, 14. June 2016
This article is a part of a series in 5 parts, taking you through the physics of stress, and how to prevent it. Start here – and dig deeper into each element.
Hippocampus and Amygdala are two (or actually four) smaller areas in your brain, with a great deal of influence onto who we are, and how we cope with pressure, fear, and stress.
They are located deep in the brain and with one of each, in each side of the brain.
Hippocampus is part of the limbic system, and named after a seahorse because it apparently looks like one. We have two hippocampi, placed on each side of the brain, each should be responsible for different kinds of function, but they can overtake in case of one is damaged
Amygdala is like hippocampus, part of the limbic system. They have their name from looking like almonds. We have two, lying close to the hippocampus, in each side of the brain, and each side have distinctly different functions. Fun fact is, that the male amygdala is larger than the but also that females gets stronger memories for emotional events than men.