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The circuit of fear

Do you find it difficult to overcome an irrational fear? Blame it on the specific neural circuits hardwired in the brain that control fear recognition, and fear renewal even when fear has seemingly been overcome.

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Figure 1: Neural circuits that mediate fear.

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Sah, P., Westbrook, R. The circuit of fear. Nature 454, 589–590 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/454589a

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