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It must be pretty frustrating to be way ahead of your time. TDA Lingo died many years ago, but Neil Slade, his friend and former student, has been bucking the tide of conventional scientific
wisdom prejudice about the function of the amygdala for decades since. If I hadn’t stumbled across his website a decade ago and had the simple technique he calls “amygdala tickling” not worked so spectacularly well for me in spite of my doubts, I’d probably still be amongst the skeptics, too. At least I was open-minded enough to try and the rewards have been enormous.
After I discovered firsthand that we’re not pawns in the neurological game of chess and can actually take control of our thoughts and emotions with a simple flip of a switch from reptilian thinking to advanced frontal lobe thinking, I turned to science to see if there was any evidence that the amygdala was anything but the fear center of the brain. To my surprise, there was plenty of evidence, but the majority of scientists were still digging in their heals and saying the amygdala had one function and one function only: to instill fear and the “fight or flight” response. I’m sure that’s still the case and will continue to be so for awhile, but a new study should help put a few more cracks in the wall of scientific dogma.
Study: people without brain’s ‘fear centre’ can still be scared was published in Wired, oddly enough, but the study made its debut in natureneuroscience, a respected scientific journal, so the results may pique the interest of some in the scientific community who might possibly learn something from it if the authoritative inner voice of their all-wise all-knowing former university professors don’t intrude. In a nutshell, the study was done with a group of patients who suffered from a rare disease that damages the amygdala. The assumption was that these people would be fearless, but when exposed to carbon dioxide gas, they not only got scared, they had panic attacks, unlike the control group. This led the researchers to speculate that:
“the fact that the amygdala lesion patients seemed prone to panic (responding at a rate similar to patients with panic disorder), suggests that an intact amygdala might actually inhibit panic. This raises the question of whether some sort of amygdala dysfunction may contribute to panic disorder.”*
Now I’m sure nobody in the scientific community is going to apologize for snubbing TDA Lingo, Neil Slade and those on the fringes of the scientific community who have been saying the same thing for decades, but at least this is an indication of progress.
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*Quote taken from Wired article cited above.