Mechanisms of fear learning and extinction in the mammalian brain (2008–2012)

Abstract:
The amygdala is a region of the brain that is involved in the processing of emotional information. In particular it is involved in the modulation of learning and memory formation in an emotional context e.g. assessing fear and its behavioural consequences in day to day living. This proposal aims to determine how the circuitry of the amygdala is involved in fear processing and how it is recruited during sensory stimulation. These studies will give us a clearer understanding of how this important brain structure functions and give us a better understanding of how learning and memory formation occur in the brain and how we may treat disorders of memory formation such as dementia
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Institute Director
    Queensland Brain Institute
    Affiliated Professor
    School of Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty of Medicine
Funded by:
Australian Research Council