The Anxious Brain: The Neuroscience of Phobias
Joseph E. Ledoux, Ph.D., Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, New York University; and Daniel S. Pine, M.D., Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, discuss why phobias arise, the damage they can do, and how best to treat them.
Searching for a Drug to Extinguish Fear
Anxiety is sometimes diffuse, generalized, but many people struggle with more specific fears in such forms as phobias, panic attacks, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Research suggests that these fears are learned, and, as those who seek psychotherapy hope, can be unlearned or extinguished.
Stress: From the Aroused Brain to the Reacting Heart
Rates of heart disease have remained high despite low-fat diets, cardiovascular workouts, and smoking cessation. Psychological stress has long been a suspect, but only now are scientists beginning to understand how stressful experiences reach and damage the cardiovascular system.