Fear extinction discovery could alleviate phobias

A new discovery will provide a better understanding on how to relieve fear-related memories. Neuroscientists have discovered a layer of gene regulation linked with fear extinction.

The study looked at the development of fear-related memories, updated and extinguished at the molecular level.

The discovery is hoped to alleviate fears associated with phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“These findings represent a significant advance in our understanding of the neural mechanisms of memory updating and the processes by which fear memories can be inhibited through extinction learning,” said Dr Timothy Bredy, lead researcher.

Read more at The University of Queensland