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Behavior is linked to brain functioning

Brain Structures

Brain structures involved in dealing with fear and stress

  • Whether a situation is seen as threatening or safe depends on the degree of excitation of the amygdala, or “fear center.”
  •  The ability to control impulsive, violent behavior depends on the development of the prefrontal cortex—the “higher brain”—which governs higher functioning, such as impulse control, judgment, decision-making, and moral reasoning. More