Now imagine looking through the side of your head at a cross-section of your brain. You would see the downstairs part of your brain, the limbic brain. The limbic brain is located below the the cortex (upstairs), in front of the cerebellum and above the brain stem.
The limbic brain evolved between 200 and 300 million years ago and is the seat of your emotions. It also maintains your blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and blood sugar levels.
The limbic brain is critical to learning and for short-term and long-term memory. It stores memories of your life experiences.
The scientist Robert Ornstein says that the easiest way to remember the functions of the limbic brain is the four ‘F’s’ of survival : feeding, fighting, fleeing and sexual reproduction!!