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Learning Safety Signals May Reduce Fear and Anxiety

Learning to associate distinct signals with safety has been shown by researchers to reduce fear and anxiety. Now, a study by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian and Yale University demonstrates that these safety signals activate different circuits in the brain from those involved in typical anxiety therapy, suggesting the approach may enhance treatments for individuals with anxiety disorders or serve as an alternative to current interventions.

Fearful behavior...

Recognizing Safety Signals May Reduce Fear and Anxiety

Dr. Francis Lee. Photo credit: John Abbott

Learning to associate distinct signals with safety has been shown by researchers to reduce fear and anxiety. Now, a study by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian and Yale University demonstrates that these safety signals activate different circuits in the brain from those involved in typical anxiety therapy, suggesting the approach may enhance treatments for individuals with anxiety disorders or serve as an alternative to current interventions.

Fearful behavior...

Mentoring Moments: Dr. So Hyun "Sophy" Kim

Hannah, Claire, Dr. Sophy Kim

Dr. So Hyun “Sophy” Kim runs the ASD & Developmental Science Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine. Working with the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), her government funded clinical research focuses on examining developmental and behavioral patterns such as academic achievement and executive function in children with ASD, while combining cutting edge behavioral and...

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