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Brain maps of fear and anxiety

Anxiety, ‘the disease of the 21st century’, is a clinical enigma. Using virtual predators to create real-world threat scenarios, two new studies build on prior rodent-based anxiety theory to map effects of personality and decision complexity in human prefrontal cortex. We may soon have coherent neural maps of these disabling and costly psychiatric disorders.

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McNaughton, N. Brain maps of fear and anxiety. Nat Hum Behav 3, 662–663 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0621-7

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