Anticipatory Anxiety in the Brain

Research finds that anticipating certain events is linked with activation in specific brain areas in anxious people. These studies show that patterns of brain activity are different between people with anxiety disorders and those without them.


Anticipatory anxiety-induced changes in human lateral prefrontal cortex activity. (Link)

Cerebral blood flow during anticipation of public speaking in social phobia: a PET study. (Link)

Cerebral correlates of anticipated fear: a PET study of specific phobia. (Link)

Cortical neurophysiology of anticipatory anxiety: an investigation utilizing steady state probe topography (SSPT). (Link)

Dissociable roles for the hippocampus and the amygdala in human cued versus context fear conditioning. (Link)

Dynamic activation of the anterior cingulate cortex during anticipatory anxiety. (Link)

Effects of lorazepam on brain activity pattern during an anxiety symptom provocation challenge. (Link)

Experiential, autonomic, and neural responses during threat anticipation vary as a function of threat intensity and neuroticism. (Link)

Fear-related activity in subgenual anterior cingulate differs between men and women. (Link)

Feeling anxious: anticipatory amygdalo-insular response predicts the feeling of anxious anticipation. (Link)

Functional dissociation within insular cortex: The effect of pre-stimulus anxiety on pain. (Link)

Functional magnetic resonance imaging characterization of CCK-4-induced panic attack and subsequent anticipatory anxiety. (Link)

Functional neuroanatomy of CCK4-induced anxiety in normal healthy volunteers. (Link)

Influence of trait anxiety on brain activity during the acquisition and extinction of aversive conditioning. (Link)

Neural correlates of speech anticipatory anxiety in generalized social phobia. (Link)

Neural responses to auditory stimulus deviance under threat of electric shock revealed by spatially-filtered magnetoencephalography. (Link)

Neuroanatomical correlates of anticipatory anxiety. (Link)

rCBF differences between panic disorder patients and control subjects during anticipatory anxiety and rest. (Link)

Striatal-limbic activation is associated with intensity of anticipatory anxiety. (Link)

Test-retest reliability of a functional MRI anticipatory anxiety paradigm in healthy volunteers. (Link)

Waiting for spiders: brain activation during anticipatory anxiety in spider phobics. (Link)