You guys know me…I try to give something different than my usual on the weekends…..and today will be No different….
Fear…that is the subject…..
It appears that scientist may have found a way to eliminate fear from us mere mortals……
Why confront your fear in the hopes of overcoming it when scientists could just erase it from your brain? That’s exactly what researchers say they may be able to do in a study published Monday in Nature Human Behavior. Currently, most treatments for phobias and PTSD involve drugs, which can have side effects, or aversion therapy, which requires patients to be exposed to their fears, according to a press release. But the researchers behind the study say their technique—decoded neurofeedback, or DecNef—can “remove specific fears from the brain” using brain scanning technology and artificial intelligence.
Researchers created a fear memory in volunteers by shocking them when they saw a certain color, the Guardian reports. The brain pattern created by that new fear would occasionally reappear subconsciously, without the volunteer being afraid or thinking about it. When that happened, researchers gave the volunteer a reward. Eventually, the fear memory was overwritten. Researchers believe they can substantially reduce phobias and PTSD if they can figure out the brain patterns associated with common fears, such as spiders. Researcher Mitsuo Kawato hopes to start “systematic DecNef therapy” within a few years.
I am for anything that may assist in the treatment of PTSD….God knows that it can be debilitating…..but this has me worried.
This is one of those researches that I can foresee being abused by some…..Making soldiers reckless and unafraid…..not a way to fight a war….fear makes us mortals do crazy things but it also makes us look at situations and make better decisions.