26th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (San Francisco, CA, USA - May 22-25, 2014)


Phobic Fear Does not Activate the HPA-axis – Yet the System is Responsive

Poster Session III - Board: III- 048
Friday, May 23, 2014, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
APS Exhibit Hall-Grand Ballroom

Stefanie E. Mayer
University of Michigan

Hedieh Briggs
University of Michigan

Michael Snodgrass
University of Michigan

Israel Liberzon
University of Michigan

James L. Abelson
University of Michigan

Specific phobia subjects failed to show HPA responses to phobic exposures, despite intense distress. However, the system was still responsive, showing ACTH pulses when the phobic object was moved closer. This indicates that in specific phobias, the HPA axis remains reactive but does not react to fearful distress itself.

Subject Area: SSCP Poster
Keywords: Psychopathology

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