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Fruit Fly Fear

By | May 15, 2015

Drosophila exhibit component behaviors of the fear response, suggesting that researchers might use the model organisms to investigate the neural underpinnings of the emotion.

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Rat Odors Teach Fear

By | July 30, 2014

Rodent pups can learn to fear a stimulus through the odor signals given by their mother.

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Preventing Fear

By | February 24, 2014

Scientists identify hippocampal neurons involved in encoding fear in mice.

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Inherited Fears

By | December 2, 2013

Mice appear to pass certain fears onto their offspring, according to a new study.

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Overcoming Fears While Napping

By | September 22, 2013

Repeated exposure to fear-associated stimuli during short bouts of sleep made study participants less frightened of related provocations once they awoke.

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Manipulating Mouse Memory

By | July 25, 2013

Researchers deliver bursts of light to specific cells in the mouse hippocampus to implant false memories about a fearful event.

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Opioid Receptors Implicated in PTSD

By | June 7, 2013

A compound that targets a particular opioid receptor in the amygdala reduces the formation of PTSD-like systems in mice subjected to severe trauma.

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Scaring Those Who Have No Fear

By | February 5, 2013

Scientists found a way to cause panic attacks in women with amygdala damage.

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Soldiers' Amygdalae Show Scars

By | August 30, 2011

A year and a half after soldiers have returned from war, impairments in the regulatory circuitry of the amygdala remain.

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Fish fear from above

By | June 15, 2011

Coral reefs are fraught with danger for herbivores such as damselfish and tangs. Venturing out from the safety of the reef’s colorful cracks and crevices to feed means risking being devoured by predators that patrol the warm waters. 

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