The "intelligence" agencies, which might be better known as the fear agencies, study the nature of fear in the War Colleges 24/7.
Of course they also fund scientists around the globe who like to study such nice subjects as what makes your skin crawl, and what stands up the hair on the back of your neck:
Researchers have identified two neuron populations in the brain that work together to control fear impulses.(How Fear Flows Through The Mind, Science Daily). Oh yeah, we all know they are only using this stuff to do good deeds, not to manipulate and control the population. Wink. Wink.
The findings, published this week in a pair of complementary papers in Nature, may someday facilitate the development of better therapeutic interventions for psychiatric illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias.
Sometimes those playing the game forget to be afraid when they are out in public implementing the "science":
One would think — nay, hope — that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's assurances that her department is working "364 days a year" to combat terrorism would be the most embarrassing part of Diane Sawyer's three-way interview with Napolitano, Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, which was taped Monday but aired on ABC World News last night. But look, that was just a slip of the tongue. Napolitano briefly forgot how many days are in a year. Sometimes we forget how old we are. It happens.(Director of National Intelligence Forgets To Fear). We all know that the Keystone Kops take themselves seriously, even though they are not as smart as a fifth grader:
Much worse though was when Sawyer asked Clapper about the arrests of twelve terror suspects in London (and, she didn't mention, other British cities) earlier that morning — the country's largest terror sweep since April of 2009. His answer consisted of a confused side-glance and a few uncomfortable moments of silence before being bailed out by Brennan. Later in the interview, Clapper offers no explanation for how he could have been unaware of such a significant and widely reported development.
The amygdala, an almond-shaped structure in the brain involved in emotional memory and learning, has historically been considered key in processing fear impulses, but researchers at the California Institute of Technology wanted to understand the process at the level of cells. "Ultimately, we'd like a mechanistic understanding of how specific circuits, not only regions, generate brain functions like fear," said Wulf Haubensak, a postdoc and first author on the first paper.(ibid, Science Daily). Dredd Blog has focused on the amygdala too, in Etiology of Social Dementia - 3 and Jabber The Whut? - 4.
Check it out.