Two Ways to Reduce Fear

According to recent studies there are two ways to reduce fear. This might be useful for value investors let me know your thoughts. (Click here to read the study)

Article Introducion (Via Brainethics)

Emotional reactions may come in many forms and have different causes. But one of the main responses is the fear response, which has been shown to involved the amygdala. Different nuclei of the amygdala may contribute differentially to the fear response process. One vital feature of emotion and amygdala is that emotional responses can be reduced, and eventually diminish. This is one of the basic mechanisms at play when we habituate to (or even extinguish) fearful stimuli. But is is also possible to reduce fear responses through more controlled processes, what has been termed cognitive emotion regulation. Such basic cognitive mechanisms underlie the psychological treatment of, e.g., phobias. In other words, there are two ways of reducing fear responses of the amygdala: 1) through habituation/extinction and 2) through cognitive (”rational”?) processing.

Article Excerpts (Via Brainethics)

“What the researchers found was that during extinction learning, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (orange in top) showed a higher activity, and this was thought to cause the observed reduction in amygdala activation.”

“The implications of these findings may be plenty, but a few immediately comes to mind: first, the identification of the dorsolateral PfC in controlling emotions may, in general, be used as a marker for emotional regulation in different psychological states. Lie detection may be one issue, and studies of implicit racism seem to suggest the same.”


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02. October 2008 by Miguel Barbosa
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