Healing London

Shalev, Arieh Y.
July 2005
New Scientist;7/16/2005, Vol. 187 Issue 2508, p20
This article discusses on how people cope after terror attacks. Research has consistently shown that, contrary to popular belief, people behave with restrained purposefulness and mutual support during disasters. After each act of terror, it took about two weeks for the streets of Jerusalem to again be filled with people. Shops in Jaffa Street, which was bombed repeatedly, remained open throughout the hostilities. Fear and horror can leave enhanced memory traces, mostly in those areas of the brain involved in the processing of emotion, warning and alarm. These can result in conditioned responses that are involuntarily triggered when the person is reminded of the event.


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