NEWS

Fight, flight or freeze: Inside the brain of a scared mouse

The mouse fear response could help neuroscientists understand disorders such as phobias and PTSD.

When a terrifying threat looms from above, mice have to make a split second decision about how to respond. To figure out some of the neurocircuitry involved, scientists have been scaring mice - and they hope to shed light on human disorders like phobias and PTSD.

Read the paper: A midline thalamic circuit determines reactions to visual threat, Salay et al.

Nature Briefing

An essential round-up of science news, opinion and analysis, delivered to your inbox every weekday.

Subjects

Sign up to Nature Briefing

An essential round-up of science news, opinion and analysis, delivered to your inbox every weekday.

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing