NewsDaily: Tarantulas help scientists break down human fear

LONDON, Nov. 8, 2010 Reuters Life! — Scientists using tarantulas to unpick human fear have found that the brain responds differently to threats based on proximity, direction and how scary people expect something to be.A Chilean rose tarantula is shown at the environment reserve in Mexico state, one of 500 tarantulas abandoned at the airport in Mexico City this week when their owner failed to complete import paperwork. REUTERS/Henry Romero HR/HBResearchers from the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England used functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to track brain activity in 20 volunteers as they watched a tarantula placed near their feet, and then moved closer.Their results suggest that different components of the brains fear network serve specific threat-response functions and could help scientists diagnose and treat patients who suffer from clinical phobias

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