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Fear Memory Erasure Redux

Now that I’ve had a chance to read the entire research article in Science (search “Han Selective Fear Erasure” in PubMed) I’m more convinced than ever that this research could — if a host of human application and potential subject safety issues are addressed — have application to detecting lateral amygdala (LA) activity associated with […]

Enabling the Iceberg?

A new stuttering-specific spin has been proposed in the increasingly tiresome controversy about the use of “person first language” versus “calling a spade a spade:” the notion that using the moniker “person who stutters” instead of “stutterer” may “enable the [stuttering] iceberg.”

While most readers are probably familiar with the person first language (or PFL) […]

LeDoux & the Amygdaloids

Came across this old blog from April 2008 showing Joseph LeDoux of NYU explaining some of the basic features of his research on the “emotional brain” and threat and fear conditioning, followed by a funky (and perhaps, to some ears, lame) rock song about wanting to take drugs to erase fear memories — something that […]

Awareness of Stuttering

The poet W. S. Merwin used an epigraph from Heraclitus in his fine early collection “The Lice” that has since reminded me of the value of becoming more and more impeccable (not “perfect”) about catching stutters and cancelling them:

“All men are deceived by the appearances of things, even Homer himself, who was the wisest […]

Fear Conditioning Erased in Mice

[Blogger note: The title of this post has been changed to more accurately reflect the subject of interest]

My friend John Paskievich sent me a link to a fascinating article in ScienceNOW.

The article describes a research study that demonstrated the selective erasure of fear memories in the lateral amygdala of mice, using a genetically […]

What We Will Do Here …

This blog will concern itself with the genesis and neurology of stuttering, as well as its treatment, the recovery process, and the personal change process that facilitates dis-identity from stuttering. The psychological ground on which this blog will be based is the quest to use the dis-identification with personality as a tool for spiritual transformation, […]