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Emotions influence our mood, motivation and even our character and behavior. They also cause physiological reactions because they are related to hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine, and with neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, which alter appetite, sleep and ability to concentrate. An important factor in emotions is cognition, that is, mental skills and processes related to knowledge, such as attention, memory, judgment, reasoning and decision making, which allows us to interpret events consciously or unconsciously and decide how react. A correspondence between the emotions and the activity of various parts of the brain has been identified; mainly from a group of structures in the center of the brain that together form the limbic system. Among others are the tonsil, central to the appearance of emotions such as fear and anger, the hypothalamus, which modulates the physiological expression of emotion producing substances called neurohormones, and the cingulate gyrus and the hippocampus; The latter is a structure very vulnerable to chronic stress and important for the formation of memories. Recent studies on emotions and the brain have found that other brain structures and regions also participate in them. Understanding emotions is essential in social processes; Positive emotions contribute to a better state of health, help support painful processes, better control fear, and people become more refractory to depression and stress. Emotions can also be the marker of some pathology in personality disorders; In phobias, fear is disproportionate. In anxiety states disgust is an important marker. The pursuit of happiness is one of the essential elements of the human brain; however, its prejudices and experiences may be the first obstacles to reach it. For this reason, in this week of the brain it is important to provide information by experts in the subject by means of presentations and to carry out recreational activities oriented in this topic towards children and families in general.