Laboratory rats are different from you and me, as F. Scott Fitzgerald might have said, were he a neuroscientist. Rats make
good models for Pavlovian fear conditioning, but trying to derive an understanding of human behavior from them is complicated
by our messy cognitive and social environment, said Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and neuroscience at
New York University. She spoke at the sixth annual Amygdala Conference, held at the Uniformed Services University of the Health
Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in April.