September 23, 2013

Never Fear! Just Sleep On It!

A study from Northwestern University suggests that fear memory can be reduced during sleep. Researchers successfully lowered levels of fear in people by using certain odors to trigger and re-channel frightening memories into harmless ones during sleep. They say that this potentially offers a way to enhance daytime treatments of phobia with a nighttime component. This is the first time that emotional memory has been manipulated in humans during sleep and researchers say this has important implications for exposure therapy, which is used to treat phobias, by exposing people gradually to the feared object or situation until the fear is extinguished.

[ Read the Article: Some Fears May Be Eliminated Just By Going To Sleep ]

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