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Controllability over stressor decreases responses in key threat-related brain areas

Limbachia, C and Morrow, K and Khibovska, A and Meyer, C and Padmala, S and Pessoa, L (2021) Controllability over stressor decreases responses in key threat-related brain areas. In: Communications Biology, 4 (1).

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01537-5


Controllability over stressors has major impacts on brain and behavior. In humans, however, the effect of controllability on responses to stressors is poorly understood. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated how controllability altered responses to a shock-plus-sound stressor with a between-group yoked design, where participants in controllable and uncontrollable groups experienced matched stressor exposure. Employing Bayesian multilevel analysis at the level of regions of interest and voxels in the insula, and standard voxelwise analysis, we found that controllability decreased stressor-related responses across threat-related regions, notably in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and anterior insula. Posterior cingulate cortex, posterior insula, and possibly medial frontal gyrus showed increased responses during control over stressor. Our findings support the idea that the aversiveness of stressors is reduced when controllable, leading to decreased responses across key regions involved in anxiety-related processing, even at the level of the extended amygdala. © 2021, The Author(s).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Communications Biology
Publisher: Nature Research
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Nature Research
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Neuroscience
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2021 11:46
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2021 11:46
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67668

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