In Brief: Brain pathways to fear
Brain pathways to fear
A brain imaging study of people with the disorder known as Williams syndrome contributes to the understanding of human emotional processes by targeting a distinct circuit that governs anxiety associated with social situations.
Williams syndrome is a genetic disorder with symptoms that include unusual friendliness, empathy, and lack of social anxiety. People with the disorder are socially uninhibited and poor at reading social cues; for example, they often approach strangers and start conversations. But they are more susceptible than average to other kinds of anxiety and phobias.