There are two axioms that I have believed forever. The first that I do not remember anything. The second that women are far more emotionally developed and sensitive and this makes them stronger. I now know why both are true. It is the fault of my amygdala. The amygdala are two almond shaped groups of nuclei located deep in the temporal lobes of your brain. Researchers have shown that the amygdala plays a role in processing of memory, decision making and emotional reactions. The amygdala develops up to 1.5 years faster in women and also the development of the left peaks 1.5 years prior to that of the right. This is to create a sensitivity to danger in a young child, one of the important roles played by the left.

As any man would validate, if you ever enter into a conversation with the opposite sex, she will run rings around you with facts and memories from circa 1072 b.c. This is believed to be because of the now famous a. Your long term memories do not form immediately. Instead it consolidates in a process called long term potentiation. In my case, clearly this entire process is holidaying in the Bahamas, daiquiri in hand. The size of the a. has also been shown to co-relate with the number of people you know. If you are a social bee, its because of the size of your a. If you are fearful, it is because of your a. as people with a rare condition with lesions in their a. have been known to have no fears.

All is not lost however, as Buddhist monks who meditate have been shown to modulate their a. Meditating seems to increase the activity in the amygdala which can increase social connectedness, better memory formation and also a greater affection for the world at large. The challenge I faced when trying meditation was the lack of action-gratification. When eating better for example, it was easy to see the benefits in a week through reduced weight. In meditation, it seems almost to have no effect since it happens deep within. If you are logical type, there is plenty of research that provides data. If you are more spiritual, do it for the Buddha. In both cases, your a. will develop.

2 thoughts on “Amygdala

  • October 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    stop think and breathe is an app I use for guided meditation occasionally. What I noticed the first time I used this app for the first time was the 5 point dip in my heart rate. maybe use that as an indicator for the action and gratification system.

    • October 22, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Very interesting. Never thought about that. Will try the next time.

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