Parts of the Brain Involved in Fear Response

The sensation of fear as we know it would not be possible without all of these specialized areas in the brain — and scary movies definitely wouldn't be as thrilling! Click parts of the brain to learn their function.

Parts of the Brain Involved in Fear Response
Sensory cortex Thalamus Hypothalamus Hippocampus Amygdala

Sensory cortex

interprets sensory data

Thalamus

decides where to send incoming sensory data 

Hypothalamus

activates "fight or flight" response

Hippocampus

stores and retrieves conscious memories; processes sets of stimuli to establish context

Amygdala

decodes emotions; determines possible threat; stores fear memories