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Drug Induces a Memory of Safety in Rat Brains

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posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 07:20 AM
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Drug Induces a Memory of Safety in Rat Brains


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Researchers have found a way to pharmacologically induce a memory of safety in the brain of rats, mimicking the effect of training. The finding suggests possibilities for new treatments for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders. Rats normally freeze when they hear a tone they have been conditioned to associate with an electric shock. The reaction can be extinguished by repeatedly exposing the rats to the tone with no shock.
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posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 07:20 AM
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There`s a picture showing a rat being injected with brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) directly into the brain!

Anyway, they say that this BDNF may help the individuals with PTSD and addiction by permitting a learning experience to increase the size and strength of synaptic contacts between neurons.


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