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One Dose of Propanolol Decreases Pre-Existing Phobia

Researchers from the Netherlands have used a familiar drug to counteract a pre-existing phobia, with effects lasting up to one year.For the last 15 years, neuroscientists have been interested in the reconsolidation period, when memories are recalled and can be modified, wrote Marieke Soeter, Ph.D., and Merel Kindt, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, in the December 15 issue of Biological Psychiatry.Thirty participants who were afraid of spiders were exposed to a caged tarantula for two minutes to reactivate their fears, and then asked to...


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Published By: Psychiatric News - Friday, 11 December, 2015

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