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The hippocampus is closely connected with an almond-shaped group of nerve cells, the amygdala (Greek for almond), which lie within the temporal lobe. This part of the brain is of importance for the generation of certain emotions, such as fear or agression. The amygdala possibly plays a role in giving emotional quality to occurrences which renders them important to the person concerned. When he remembers the event later on, the memory is accompanied by the same emotional quality as the original occurrence.

This can only be achieved in a coordinated multidisciplinary form of cooperation, in which all those involved are fully aware of the patient’s life history. 1 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR A person’s behavior comprises everything which another person can observe about him; everything through which he both consciously and unconsciously manifests himself to the outside world. It is the expression of his feelings, experiences, passions, needs, habits, thoughts and aspirations. Human behavior consists partly of innate patterns, such as expressions of anger, fear or pleasure, which already occur in a baby.

Conversely the behavior of the individual is also influenced by the way in which he is treated by society. Under great stress even the healthiest adult may relapse into earlier, less adult behavioral patterns. A sudden shocking occurrence can cause a hysterical fit of weeping. Great personal sorrow can temporarily lead to behavior of total dependence. The greater the pressure of the circumstances, the more understanding the outside world has for the individual, if he collapses under the strain.

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