The Circuitry of Fear
The attacks on the World Trade Towers offered scientists a massive psychological experiment in what happens when a civilian population is traumatized. Mental health and neuroscience researchers in New York quickly organized efforts to help, and study the city's trauma victims. They are learning how trauma affects the brain and what can be done to heal it.

Outsourcing Compassion
Violent and traumatic events in the United States have given rise to a new industry: trauma counseling. In the aftermath of September 11, thousands of workplaces brought in counseling teams in to help employees talk about their experiences. It turns out many of these "debriefing" sessions were based on limited science.

Hear more of what researchers and 9/11 surivors have to say about post-traumatic stress disorder and the events of 9/11.

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