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12 October 2017

Mortally afraid of spiders? There may be a solution to that.

Mortally afraid of spiders? There may be a solution to that. A team of US scientists has recently come up with a new treatment to selectively eradicate specific phobias related to bad memories by weakening the connections between the nerve cells in the brain which cause such memories to develop in the first place. Using a technique called optogenetics to reduce the connection between neurons, they were able to manipulate the trigger mechanisms of phobias by suppressing bad memories that are detrimental in people’s everyday lives, while retaining positive memories.

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