Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write that a brief therapy session with people who had a lifelong phobia of spiders resulted in lasting changes to brain areas that process fear. A panel of experts discuss the results, debilitating fear and ways to overcome it.
Katherina Hauner is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Todd Farchione is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston University and the Director at the Intensive Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts.