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Video game sheds light on fear

Video game sheds light on fear

BBC Online

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A Pac-Man-like computer game that delivered electric shocks to gamers has been used to shed light on how the brain reacts to imminent danger. Scans showed the different regions of the brain used by volunteers as the level of threat in the game increased. The scans showed that activity switched from the front of the brain to the middle as anxiety turned to panic.

Writing in the journal Science, the researchers said the change was crucial for an animal’s survival. “Without fear, animals would not react to threats,” said Dr Dean Mobbs of University College London and one of the authors of the paper. Read more…