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  1. 1. Physiology of memory and emotions & the limbic system Prof. Vajira Weerasinghe Dept of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  2. 2. Terminology <ul><li>Cognition </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Speech and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cognition <ul><ul><li>the mental process of knowing, including aspects such as </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>awareness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>perception </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reasoning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>language </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>memory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Judgment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Emotions <ul><li>a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eg. happiness anger love confidence anxiety stress relaxed </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Physiology of memory
  6. 6. Answer following questions? <ul><li>Did you drink tea at breakfast? </li></ul><ul><li>Can a rabbit play golf? </li></ul><ul><li>Who sang the song “This land belongs to you” </li></ul><ul><li>What South American country begins with S? </li></ul><ul><li>How many eggs are in a dozen? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Julius Caesar’s telephone number? </li></ul><ul><li>Is welderly an English word? </li></ul><ul><li>Do all birds fly? </li></ul>
  7. 7. memory <ul><li>highly organised </li></ul><ul><li>there are ways to effectively and efficiently analyse, manipulate, search memory </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Process of storing and retrieving information in the brain </li></ul><ul><li>This process is central to learning and thinking </li></ul>memory
  9. 9. memory <ul><li>memory process </li></ul><ul><li>registration : transferring of information in to a form that can be retained </li></ul>
  10. 10. memory <ul><li>memory process </li></ul><ul><li>retention : storage of information </li></ul>
  11. 11. memory <ul><li>memory process </li></ul><ul><li>remembering : retrieval of information </li></ul>
  12. 12. memory <ul><li>memory process </li></ul><ul><li>registration, retention, remembering </li></ul>
  13. 13. memory <ul><li>There are four different types of remembering: </li></ul><ul><li>recollection </li></ul><ul><li>recall </li></ul><ul><li>recognition </li></ul><ul><li>relearning </li></ul>
  14. 14. memory <ul><li>There are four different types of remembering: </li></ul><ul><li>recollection : the reconstruction of events or facts on the basis of partial cues </li></ul><ul><li>recall : the active and unaided remembering of something from the past </li></ul><ul><li>recognition : the ability to identify previously encountered information as familiar </li></ul><ul><li>relearning : the ability to learn once familiar material more easily than unfamiliar material </li></ul>
  15. 15. memory systems <ul><li>sensory memory or immediate memory </li></ul><ul><li>short term memory STM or working memory </li></ul><ul><li>long term memory LTM </li></ul>
  16. 16. sensory memory or immediate memory <ul><li>lasting few sec (less than 2 sec) </li></ul><ul><li>act as buffers for stimuli received through senses </li></ul><ul><li>if ignored -> forgotten </li></ul><ul><li>If attention is paid -> passed into STM </li></ul><ul><li>visual sensory memory is more commonly referred to as iconic memory </li></ul><ul><li>auditory sensory memory is known as echoic memory </li></ul>
  17. 17. short term memory <ul><li>Known as primary, working or active memory </li></ul><ul><li>Stores a limited amount of information for about 30 sec </li></ul><ul><li>Contain recently processed sensory input or items recently retrieved from LTM </li></ul><ul><li>With rehearsal can be kept for several min </li></ul><ul><li>acts as a scratch-pad for temporary recall of the information </li></ul><ul><li>Has a limited capacity. Capacity is about 7 items ± 2 (memory span) </li></ul><ul><li>By chunking can remember more items (eg. phone numbers) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Working memory <ul><li>Structures and processes used for temporarily storing and manipulating information </li></ul><ul><li>Is a workbench of mental processing </li></ul><ul><li>Composed two components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Processes information in acoustic form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visuospatial scratch pad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Frontal cortex, parietal cortex, anterior cingulate, and parts of the basal ganglia are crucial for functioning </li></ul><ul><li>(previously known as STM) </li></ul>
  19. 19. long term memory <ul><li>lasting days, months, yrs </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term memory can store a very large quantity of information and </li></ul><ul><li>can maintain that information for very long periods of time </li></ul><ul><li>It holds many different kinds of information including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>facts, events, motor and perceptual skills, knowledge of physical laws, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spatial models of familiar environments, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attitudes and beliefs about ourselves and others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long term potentiation moves STM to LTM </li></ul>
  20. 20. Unconsolidated Memories Discarded Consolidation Water tank model STM LTM
  21. 21. Atkinson & Schiffrin (1968) Multistore Model of Memory Sensory Memory LTM STM Stimuli Attention Transfer Retrieval Rehearsal F O R G O T T E N
  22. 23. forgetting
  23. 24. forgetting <ul><li>Is memory permanent? </li></ul><ul><li>memory is known to decay with time </li></ul><ul><li>disuse: regular retrieval enhances memory </li></ul><ul><li>interference: new information interferes with old information or vice versa </li></ul><ul><li>inaccessibility: tip of the tongue phenomenon </li></ul>This example is based on memorizing that occurs during a one-hour lecture.
  24. 25. Further types of memory <ul><li>Explicit memory </li></ul><ul><li>Implicit memory </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><ul><li>memories from events that have occurred in the external world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>facts and events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>if the process of remembering involves the conscious recollection of previous experiences </li></ul></ul>Explicit Memory
  26. 27. <ul><li>Episodic memory </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>refers to memory related to specific events and experiences in our life </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>eg. first time a dog bites you </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hippocampus and cortical areas may be involved </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Semantic memory </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>refers to memory related to general or generic knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>meaning of all words, symbols, rules, facts not tied to specific events </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>eg. a child after seeing several dogs develop the concept of “dog” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hippocampus or widespread throughout the brain </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Types of Explicit Memory
  27. 28. <ul><ul><li>Consist of memories necessary to perform events and tasks, or to produce a specific type of response </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>if the process of remembering does not involves the conscious recollection of previous experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implicit memory is best demonstrated when performance is improved on a task </li></ul></ul>Implicit Memory
  28. 29. <ul><li>Procedural memory </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>refers to memory related to knowledge concerning learning that is obtained incrementally and that is inaccessible to conscious recollection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>learning how to perform a task or acquire a new skill </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Motor cortical areas and cerebellum, basal ganglia may be involved </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Priming </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>when subjects are exposed to a set of words and then later tested it is said to be primed and recall is easier </li></ul></ul></ul>Types of Implicit memory
  29. 30. Prospective memory <ul><ul><ul><li>ability to plan and remember to perform future tasks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>factors influencing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cues, reminders, compliance, motivation, commitment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prospective memory can be further broken down into </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Event-based prospective memory </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>triggered by cues, such as remembering to post a letter (action) after seeing a mailbox (cue). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time-based prospective memory </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>triggered by a time-cue, such as going to the doctor (action) at 4pm (cue). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>frontal lobe, prefrontal region and parietal cortex may play a role </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>is called “remembering to remember” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 31. Emotional memory <ul><li>memory for events that evoke a particularly strong emotion </li></ul><ul><li>consciously available, but elicit a powerful, unconscious physiological reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Involves amygdala </li></ul>
  31. 32. Learning Experiments <ul><li>Ivan Pavlov has done experiment on Classical Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Conditioned reflex using dog and salivation </li></ul>Unconditioned stimulus: food Conditioned stimulus: Bell Response: Salivation Neurolab
  32. 33. Operant Conditioning <ul><li>B.F.Skinner (1904-1990) has done experiments on Operant conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>These experiments were done using a Skinner's box </li></ul><ul><li>This box is equipped with a lever when pressed releases a food pellet into a cup </li></ul><ul><li>When a rat is put into this box initially by chance it will find that pressing the lever a food pellet is released. </li></ul><ul><li>After that rat makes up a mental association between pressing the lever and release of the food. </li></ul><ul><li>Rat now has a means of operating on the environment in a manner which is rewarding. </li></ul><ul><li>Skinner called this rat's behavior: operant behavior </li></ul>
  33. 34. Synaptic strengthening <ul><li>Conditioning of synaptic activity </li></ul><ul><li>Hebb first theorised this </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; cells that fire together, wire together &quot; </li></ul><ul><li>any two cells or systems of cells that are repeatedly active at the same time will tend to become 'associated', so that activity in one facilitates activity in the other </li></ul>
  34. 35. <ul><li>Initially firing of A </li></ul><ul><ul><li>X neuron is active </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Firing of B </li></ul><ul><ul><li>X is inactive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>continuous firing of A & B together </li></ul><ul><li>Firing of B </li></ul><ul><ul><li>X becomes active </li></ul></ul>A B X
  35. 36. Habituation and sensitisation <ul><li>habituation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>decrease in response with repetitive stimulation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>sensitisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>increase in response with repetitive stimulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These have been studied using gill withdrawal in Sea Snail Aplysia when the gill is stroked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After a few strokes if the stimulus is harmless there is no withdrawal: animal get habituated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If the stimulus is noxious then animal produces a more powerful withdrawal: sensitised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>neurotransmitters that play particularly important role in habituation are serotonin, acetylcholine, dopamine and glutamate </li></ul></ul>
  36. 38. <ul><li>LTP is a long-lasting enhancement in signal transmission between two neurons that results from stimulating them synchronously </li></ul><ul><li>It is also defined as a persistent increase in synaptic strength following high-frequency stimulation of a chemical synapse </li></ul><ul><li>LTP is widely considered one of the major cellular mechanisms that underlies learning and memory particularly long term memory </li></ul><ul><li>LTP is known to occur in hippocampus </li></ul><ul><li>LTP is known to be mediated by Ca influx in glutamate receptors </li></ul>LTP (Long Term Potentiation)
  37. 39. LTP mechanism <ul><li>Stimulation of presynaptic neuron </li></ul><ul><li>Release of glutamate </li></ul><ul><li>Binds to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AMPA receptor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Na infux </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EPSP is created </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NMDA receptor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Glutamate binds and open the ion gate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EPSP will remove Mg2+ which blocks the NMDA receptor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Result is Ca2+ influx </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Second messenger system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Upregulation of AMPA receptors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Release of retrograde paracrine substances (eg. NO) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long lasting EPSP </li></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 40. LTP significance <ul><li>Long term memory </li></ul><ul><li>Plasticity (synaptic or cortical) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the changing of neurons, the organization of their networks, and their function via new experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Parkinson's disease </li></ul><ul><li>Epilepsy </li></ul><ul><li>Neuropathic pain </li></ul><ul><li>Alzheimer's disease </li></ul><ul><li>Drug addiction </li></ul>
  39. 41. NMDA receptor <ul><ul><li>n Methyl d Aspartate receptor has a role in the memory processes occurring in hippocampal neurons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NMDA receptor is both voltage gated and ligand gated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NMDA receptor activity causes Ca2+ influx which is an important mechanism of LTP </li></ul></ul>
  40. 42. NMDA receptor modulators <ul><li>Glutamate or aspartate (less effective) binds </li></ul><ul><li>Glycine biding is also necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Mg2+ blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Membrane depolarisation </li></ul><ul><li>Antagonists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anaesthetics, alcohol, ketamine </li></ul></ul>
  41. 43. <ul><li>limbic system (hippocampus, amygdala) </li></ul><ul><li>thalamus </li></ul><ul><li>frontal lobe </li></ul><ul><li>interconnections </li></ul>brain areas responsible for memory
  42. 44. History <ul><li>1980s: James and Lange developed a theory of emotion stating that emotional experience was nothing more than conscious awareness of autonomic activity in the body </li></ul><ul><li>1920s: Cannon and Bard proposed an alternative theory of emotion which held that portions of the brain, the hypothalamus and thalamus ,mediated emotion </li></ul><ul><li>1937: Papez proposed that the limbic system , a ring of primitive cortex was the critical brain system mediating emotion </li></ul><ul><li>20th century: Papez’s conception of the limbic system was expanded to include a number of additional brain areas which are interconnected with the ring of primitive cortex, eg. amygdala </li></ul>
  43. 45. Papez circuit A long circuitous conduction chain in the mammalian forebrain, leading from the hippocampus by way of the fornix to the mammillary body and thence returning to the hippocampus by way of, sequentially, the anterior thalamic nuclei, cingulate gyrus, and parahippocampal gyrus
  44. 47. limbic system <ul><li>nuclei </li></ul><ul><ul><li>amygdala </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>septal nuclei </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mammillary body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hypothalamus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>cortical areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>hippocampal gyrus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cingulate gyrus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dentate gyrus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>entorhinal, amygdaloid cortex </li></ul></ul><ul><li>paralimbic structures </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>orbital gyrus, insula, nucelus accumbens, thalamic nuclei, superior temporal gyrus, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>fibre tracts: fornix, medial forebrain bundle </li></ul>
  45. 48. limbic cortex <ul><li>consist of 3 layered cortex (in contrast to 6 layered cortex of the neocortex) </li></ul>
  46. 49. <ul><li>Limbic system is a link between the brain stem and neocortex </li></ul><ul><li>Limbic structures are connected to each other and with the association cortex and the brain stem </li></ul>
  47. 50. <ul><li>Medial forebrain bundle is a major efferent connection of the limbic system: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>projected to the hypothalamus, reticular formation. Influence on autonomic and endocrine activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Amygdala receives inputs from olfactory pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Connections with the neocortex provide a synthesis of emotional and rational thought </li></ul>
  48. 51. Functions <ul><li>Limbic system is also referred to as the ‘emotional brain’ </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional (include motor activity) </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioural (Motivations, Drives: appetite, thirst, sexual behaviour, Reward system) </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilizes the hypothalamus to effect the physical manifestations associated with emotions, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  49. 52. Complex role of the limbic system <ul><li>as an intermediary between </li></ul><ul><ul><li>external events (carried to the CNS via afferents) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>our processing of those events (involving cortical and subcortical brain areas) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>our responses to those events (both behavioral and autonomic) </li></ul></ul>
  50. 53. Role in memory storage <ul><li>Working memory—short term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cortical phenomenon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explicit (declarative)—factual knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>temporal events, stored in hippocampus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: what innervates biceps femoris m.? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Implicit (procedural)—learned skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>unconsciously recalled—includes emotional responses—stored in amygdala (at least in part) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: writing, playing a musical instrument </li></ul></ul></ul>
  51. 54. Hippocampus <ul><li>is a part of the brain located inside the temporal lobe </li></ul><ul><li>plays a major role memory consolidation </li></ul><ul><li>responsible for spatial memory </li></ul><ul><li>might act as a cognitive map — a neural representation of the layout of the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>In Alzheimer's disease, the hippocampus becomes one of the first regions of the brain to suffer damage </li></ul>
  52. 55. Physiology of emotions
  53. 57. Physiology of emotions <ul><li>Within the limbic system, emotional impulses originate in the amygdala </li></ul><ul><li>A network of neural pathways connect the amygdala to the neocortex, the &quot;thinking brain,&quot; allowing us to reflect on our feelings and to think before acting </li></ul><ul><li>In times of perceived crisis, however, those pathways are bypassed and impulse overrides reason and the amygdala takes over the brain </li></ul>
  54. 58. Physiology of emotions <ul><li>Each emotion sparks a distinctive physiological reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Happiness cues the brain to suppress worrisome or negative feelings and increases the body’s energy level </li></ul><ul><li>Sadness does the opposite, slowing down its metabolism </li></ul><ul><li>Anger floods the brain with catecholamines </li></ul><ul><li>*Stress and *anxiety set off the nervous system’s &quot;flight-or-fight&quot; response </li></ul>
  55. 59. Neurotransmitters released <ul><li>Ach </li></ul><ul><li>Dopamine </li></ul><ul><li>Endorphines </li></ul><ul><li>GABA </li></ul><ul><li>Glutamate </li></ul><ul><li>Norepinephrine </li></ul><ul><li>Serotonin </li></ul>
  56. 60. Limbic system <ul><li>Amygdala </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved in aggression, jealousy, and fear ; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cingulate gyrus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Autonomic functions regulating heart rate and blood pressure as well as cognitive and attentional processing; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fornicate gyrus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Region encompassing the cingulate , hippocampus , and parahippocampal gyrus; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hippocampus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Required for the formation of long-term memories ; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hypothalamus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulates the autonomic nervous system via hormone production and release. Affects and regulates blood pressure, heart rate, hunger, thirst, sexual arousal, and the sleep/wake cycle; </li></ul></ul>
  57. 61. Limbic system <ul><li>Mammillary body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important for the formation of memory; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nucleus accumbens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved in reward, pleasure , and addiction; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Orbitofrontal cortex </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Required for decision making ; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parahippocampal gyrus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plays a role in the formation of spatial memory. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Septum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>regulates emotion and the ability to learn and control impulses as well as such drives as sex, hunger, thirst and aggression </li></ul></ul>
  58. 62. Amygdala <ul><li>Is part of the limbic system </li></ul><ul><li>located deep within the temporal lobes, medial to the hypothalamus and adjacent to the hippocampus </li></ul>
  59. 63. <ul><li>Functions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arousal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controls Autonomic Responses Associated with Fear (“fear centre”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional Responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hormonal Secretions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul></ul>
  60. 64. Amygdala <ul><li>As a central component of the limbic system, the amygdala oversees emotional processing </li></ul><ul><li>Its principal task is to filter and interpret sophisticated incoming sensory information in the context of our survival and emotional needs, and then help initiate the appropriate responses. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In a recent imaging study pictures of frightening faces initiate a quick rise and fall of activity in the amygdala </li></ul></ul>
  61. 65. Prefrontal Cortex <ul><li>The most frontal part of the frontal cortex </li></ul><ul><li>Connected to reticular </li></ul><ul><li>Performs executive functions </li></ul><ul><li>Involved in planning complex cognitive behaviors, personality expression, decision making and moderating correct social behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Activity of this region is considered to be orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals </li></ul>
  62. 66. Nucleus accumbens <ul><li>It is part of the striatum </li></ul><ul><li>It is known as the “pleasure centre” </li></ul><ul><li>It is thought to play an important role in reward, pleasure, laughter, addiction, aggression, fear, and the placebo effect </li></ul><ul><li>GABA is present </li></ul><ul><li>Output to globus pallidus, limbic system, reticular formation </li></ul>
  63. 67. Executive functions <ul><li>Executive functions relate to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>determine good and bad, better and best, same and different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>future consequences of current activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working toward a defined goal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>prediction of outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>expectation based on actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social &quot;control&quot; (the ability to suppress urges that, if not suppressed, could lead to socially-unacceptable outcomes) </li></ul></ul>
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