Which part of the brain controls fear?

The amygdala is linked to the parts of the brain that govern your senses, muscles and hormones – enabling your body to react quickly to the sight or sound of a threat. The same information can also travel via the cortex, where it is put together to get the whole picture. This route is probably slower, but allows you to modify your behaviour if the situation isn't as dangerous as it first seemed.

Back to top

 

Principal Funder:

Wellcome trust

Major Sponsors:

GlaxoSmithKline life technologies