Neuroscience: Hacking the brain to overcome fear

Confronting fears is a core component of cognitive behavioural therapies for anxiety disorders, but also a major hurdle for patients. A new study introduces a method for reducing defensive responses without consciously confronting the threatening cues, paving the way for fear-reducing therapies via unconscious processing.

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Schiller, D. Neuroscience: Hacking the brain to overcome fear. Nat Hum Behav 1, 0010 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-016-0010

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