Accession Number : ADA322289

Title :   Stress-Induced Enhancement of the Startle Reflex.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 30 sep 93-29 Sep 96,

Corporate Author : YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CT DEPT OF PSYCHIATRY

Personal Author(s) : Davis, Michael

PDF Url : ADA322289

Report Date : 29 SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : A major goal of the work funded by the Air Force over the previous grant periods was to evaluate the role of the amygdala in both conditioned and unconditioned fear and anxiety. During the last funding period, covered in the current Final Technical Report, we have investigated the role of a brain area closely associated with the amygdala, namely the bed nucleus of the stria terminals (BNST), in fear and anxiety, as well as in the anxiety producing effects of the peptide, corticotropin releasing hormone. In addition, we have obtained further evidence concerning the neural pathway that mediates the primary acoustic startle reflex, changes in which we use as our marker of conditioned fear.

Descriptors :   *FEAR, *REFLEXES, *ANXIETY, *CONDITIONED RESPONSE, *NEUROBIOLOGY, NEURAL NETS, BRAIN, PEPTIDES, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), MENTAL HEALTH, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE, CUES(STIMULI), CONDITIONING(LEARNING), EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE