Changes in Brain Activity (Functional MRI Study) Before and After Behavioral Therapy of Height Phobia
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We are interested in investigating the functional brain abnormalities of height phobia. Subjects will be have a functional MRI scan before and after a course of treatment with behavioral therapy.
Condition or disease
Height PhobiaFear of Heights
Behavioral: Behavior therapy
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of in vivo exposure therapy on the functional brain activity of subjects with height phobia using a fear provocation paradigm. We expect differential activation of the fear circuitry in height phobics compared to non-phobic controls, and that successful behavioral therapy will normalize the heightened fear response in height phobia.
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