Hippocampus
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Definition:
-an area buried deep in the forebrain that helps regulate emotion and memory

The Hippocampus is part of the brain, and is a limbric system structure.
It is particularly important in forming new memories and connecting emotions
and senses, such as smell and sound, to memories. There is a hippocampus
located in the left brain hemisphere, and also one in the right hemisphere.
It is a horseshoe shaped paired structure that is involved in memory forming,
organizing, and storing. The hippocampus acts as a memory indexer by sending
memories out to the appropriate part of the cerebral hemisphere for long-term
storage, and retrieves them when necessary.
Function:
The hippocampus is involved in several functions of the body including:
  • Consolidation of New Memories
  • Emotional Responses
  • Navigation
  • Spatial Orientation
Location:
-within the temporal lobes, adjacent to the amygdala