Searching the Brain for the Roots of Fear – Article Example

The paper "Searching the Brain for the Roots of Fear" is a perfect example of an article on social science.  Many researchers and scholars have done a lot of research on fear and anxiety. However, Joseph LeDoux has given this research topic a different approach. The primary motives of his research work include finding ways in which pathological fears and anxiety can be treated by understanding the fundamental causes of fear and anxiety. The research also aims at finding a clear-cut difference between fear and anxiety and goes on to seek the cause of each. Although the research is done from a theoretical and observation perspective, it gives a lot of information regarding the subject matter. However, the open-ended approach makes it possible to generate a wide variety of research concepts from the research design. For instance, research variables such as causes of fear, anxiety, differences, and the interrelationship between the two, among others can be generated from the research design. Therefore, the information provided is quite substantial though not discussed robustly. The findings of the research seem to point to a single point in the brain, the amygdala. Similar to classical conditioning, the amygdala controls the information regarding experienced or perceived hazard in the endeavor to enable the body to react appropriately to the present or anticipated situation. When this system is faulty, then it becomes the source of fear and anxiety disorders. The article may need to add more information to answer some of the raised but partly answered questions. The article claims that studies on animals may act as a precursor to more understanding of fear in human beings without outlining the differences or similarities between the two set of brains. A counter-argument regarding the condition of lack of fear or anxiety otherwise known as Urbach-Wiethe disease could have brought in ideas that are more intuitive.