Brain Removal Cures Arachnophobia


brainScientists have discovered a new cure for those suffering from arachnophobia, the fear of spiders: remove a small brain chunk. Researchers reported in Neurocase that a man was relieved of his intense fear of eight-legged insects after doctors removed part of his amygdala.

The patient, a 44-year-old man, was suffering from an extreme form of arachnophobia that caused seizures.

The invasive surgery isn’t likely to be performed in most run-of-the-mill cases. Still, the amygdala removal was a success. Not only did the man no longer scare at the sight of spiders, he was suddenly fascinated by them. Read more at the Washington Post.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. The little bitty spider came down the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Ultimately the surgeon could smile and do the rest. Who knew that the porridge was not to be frightening?

    Scary times!