An antidote to fear

10 million people in the UK suffer from some sort of phobia. At the heart of these anxiety-related disorders are aversive memories, which are formed when the brain makes a link between an object, animal, place, or situation and a traumatic event experienced at the same time. Currently, treatment for these phobias involves gradually exposing…

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Tetris in the Lab: The surprising link between PTSD and the classic computer game

Image created by Cezary Tomczak, Maxime Lorant [CC BY-SA 4.0 (] (Source: Wikipedia Creative Commons Licence) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts people who have experienced extreme traumatic events such as war or torture. Sufferers are vulnerable to involuntary memories of traumatic events, colloquially called “flashbacks”, which are a distressing symptom of the condition. A recent…

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