Photo: Thomas Hawk This article originally appeared in Psychology Today. n the 1960s, major pharmaceutical companies began a concerted effort to find new and better treatments for problems related to fear and anxiety. However, new kinds of antianxiety medications have not resulted. The major classes of drugs used to treat anxiety today, Benzodiazepines (Valium and its spinoffs, […]
About Joseph LeDoux
Joseph LeDoux, is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at New York University. He directs the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU and at the Nathan Kline Institute. He has won a number of top awards and prizes in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, and philosophy, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences.His books include The Emotional Brain (Simon and Schuster, 1996), Synaptic Self (Viking, 2002), and most recently, Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety (Viking, 2015). LeDoux is also the frontman for a rock band, The Amygdaloids, that play Heavy Mental, music about mind and brain and mental disorders. Anxious (the CD) is a musical companion to Anxious the book.
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Photo: KylaBorg This article originally appeared in Psychology Today. ’ve been studying the amygdala for more than 30 years. When I started this work, research on this brain region was a lonely field of inquiry. The hippocampus was all the rage, and I sometimes felt jealous of the attention lavished on this brain region because of its contribution to […]