Ventral amygdalofugal pathway

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The ventral amygdalofugal pathway is one of the two major output pathways of the amygdala, the other being the stria terminalis. While the stria terminalis carries information primarily from the centromedian nuclei of the amygdala, the ventral amygdalofugal pathway carries output from the central and basolateral nuclei and delivers it to four main targets; namely, the medial dorsal nucleus of the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the basal forebrain, and the brain stem. While the stria terminalis follows a C-shaped pathway along the lateral ventricals, the ventral amygdalofugal pathway is more direct and contains a higher proportion of myelinated axons, causing the pathway to appear darker upon observation in stained crossection.