What's Happening In Psychology?

How The Brain Recognizes Danger

Our existence can depend on the evolution of the "fight or flight" technique.  However, many were unsure of where this alarm goes off in the brain.  There was also the question of what other parts of the brain are used to express fear and avoid danger.  New research has emerged to answer some of these questions.  The research was done by a team of scientists located at the Stony Brook University.  One member said, "This research enriches our understanding of brain anatomy and normal functioning in fear memory".  There has not been much research on where the brain is effected due to fear stimuli.  However, this new research has found different chemicals and processes in the brain that allow the fear and threats to be messaged and remembered.

After reading this article, I realized that this is so much more to the brain that we, as humans, don't know.  Our emotions, such as fear and danger, are so much more complex than we seem to perceive them.  The researchers here decided to use mouse models to understand a particular circuit in the brain linked to recognizing and responding to threats.   Not only did I find this interesting, but the researched then went on to explain this new research can provide information for anxiety, phobias, and other disorders.

I also found it interesting that researchers were able to to pinpoint a specific chemical that helps in remembering certain fears.  They then went on to find the chemical that is released to neighboring cells to send the message.  This, along with the rest of the article, is solely based on the study of psychology.  Since psychology is the scientific study of the human find and its function, this experiment relates directly.  The research of this experiment has provided  details to the way the brain functions after fear and threats have been induced.  

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