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A shot of anesthetic can cure phobias


A recent study has found that giving a shot of a small amount of common anesthetic into the cerebellum part of the brain can rid one of all types of phobias. According to, cerebellum is that part of brain which controls and manages all kinds of emotions in people including pleasure and pain. The research was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Hiroshima on a couple of goldfishes. Apparently, Cerebellum of goldfishes is responsible for the learning and movement abilities.

Speaking about the new discovery that can lead to major achievements to cure phobias, Professor Masayuki Yoshida, one of the main researchers said ‘The goldfish soon became afraid of the flash of light because, whether or not we actually gave them a shock, they had quickly learned to expect one’


As per, it was discovered that the fishes which were given a shot of anaesthetic lidocaine in the cerebellum had a stable rate of heart beat and did not show any signs phobia when the researchers flashed the light on them.  The study was recently made available in the journal called Behaviour and Brain Functions.

Celebrities who are plagued by their phobias include Justin TimberlakeChristina RicciWoody Allen and Billy Bob Thornton.


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