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Distinct Regions Drive Responses to Anxiety, Fear
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
Researchers map brain activity associated with a person’s anticipation of or direct confrontation with danger.
Infographic: Anticipation Versus Confrontation
Catherine Offord | Dec 31, 2017
The brain is activated differently when it’s contemplating, rather than directly facing, a threat.
Jef Akst and Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the November 2017 issue of
Image of the Day: Fear Center
Staff | Oct 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.
The Cellular Hallmarks of Consciousness
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 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.
Scientists Activate Predatory Instinct in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jan 16, 2017
A new study reveals how the amygdala is involved in controlling predatory behavior in mice.
Lying Repetitively Linked to Decreased Amygdala Activity
Kerry Grens | Oct 25, 2016
As people continue to tell tall tales, fMRI data show certain brain regions become less busy.
Why Screams Scare Us
Jef Akst | Jul 20, 2015
Analyzing the acoustical qualities of screams and other sounds, researchers pinpoint why people find screams—and emergency vehicle sirens—frightening.
Rat Odors Teach Fear
Kerry Grens | Jul 30, 2014
Rodent pups can learn to fear a stimulus through the odor signals given by their mother.
Overcoming Fears While Napping
Kate Yandell | Sep 22, 2013
Repeated exposure to fear-associated stimuli during short bouts of sleep made study participants less frightened of related provocations once they awoke.