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By | November 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the November 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Image of the Day: Fear Center

By | October 26, 2017

A set of neurons in the brain’s central amygdala plays a key role in forming memories of aversive experiences, scientists find in mice.  

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The Cellular Hallmarks of Consciousness

By | September 21, 2017

Recording from single neurons of epilepsy patients, neuroscientists show that both the strength and timing of neuronal firing are important to consciously perceive a visual object. 

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Scientists Activate Predatory Instinct in Mice

By | January 16, 2017

A new study reveals how the amygdala is involved in controlling predatory behavior in mice.

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As people continue to tell tall tales, fMRI data show certain brain regions become less busy.

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Why Screams Scare Us

By | July 20, 2015

Analyzing the acoustical qualities of screams and other sounds, researchers pinpoint why people find screams—and emergency vehicle sirens—frightening.

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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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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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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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