QS Study

Punishment Center of the brain

Most Potent punishment center – The central gray area surrounding the cerebral aqueduct of Sylvius in the mesencephalon and extending upward into the periventricular zones of the hypothalamus and thalamus. The punishment circuit enables humans to cope with unpleasant situations and avoid future painful experiences.

The brain structures involved in the punishment circuit are the following:

  • The thalamus
  • The hypothalamus
  • The grey matter surrounding the cerebral aqueduct
  • The amygdala
  • The hippocampus

Fig: Punishment Center of the brain

Less potent punishment center

Found in some locations in the amygdala and the hypothalamus.

Function: Strong stimulation of punishment center causes a sense of punishment, displeasure, fear, terror, and pain.