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Mind Mapping

  • Published10 Mar 2015
  • Reviewed10 Mar 2015
  • Author Alexis Wnuk
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

This image shows the cingulate cortex in a mouse, with individual neurons stained in red. The basal forebrain, an area on the underside of the frontal lobe, sends nerve fibers (green) to regulate activity in the cingulate cortex.

The cingulate cortex is a part of the limbic system, a collection of brain structures that plays a critical role in emotions, learning, and memory. This image shows the cingulate cortex in a mouse, with individual neurons stained in red. The basal forebrain, an area on the underside of the frontal lobe, sends nerve fibers (green) to regulate activity in the cingulate cortex. By mapping the location of these nerve fibers, scientists learned how they were organized, a discovery that could provide important insight into cognition and behavior.

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