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Why do we have a fear of heights?

Written by Francesca Lake (Editor-in-Chief)

Fear of heights mountain edge

Research presented at SfN Global Connectome (11th–13th January 2021, online) has revealed the part of the brain responsible for your fear of heights.  Ever shied away from exploring a landscape owing to a fear of heights? The region of your brain responsible for that fear has also remained unexplored, until now. Jun Liu and colleagues (Drexel University College of Medicine, PA, USA and East China Normal University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China) have revealed the portion of the brain responsible in a mouse study.  A fear of heights is a survival response that is seen in several species. It results in, unsurprisingly, avoidance as well...

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