In Medical Decisions, Dread Is Worse Than Fear

 – April 15, 2014  –– 

In the spring of 2007, Martin Goldstein, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and colleagues worked on a functional MRI study of anticipatory anxiety, also known as dread. To understand how dread differs from fear, consider the difference between waiting in the lounge for a painful dental procedure and actually watching the drill coming at your mouth. Dr. Goldstein and his team were among the first to identify the activation of a collar-shaped brain region called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in dread. They have studied this region in both healthy and pathological states.

-Dr. Martin Goldstein, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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