News tagged with fear

Related topics: brain · perception · anxiety

Talk therapy to tackle fear of the dentist

(HealthDay)—Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help when that anxiety becomes a crippling phobia.

Jan 05, 2016
popularity5 comments 0

Scary movies can curdle blood

Watching horror, or 'bloodcurdling,' movies is associated with an increase in the clotting protein, blood coagulant factor VIII, finds a small study in The BMJ Christmas issue this week.

Dec 16, 2015
popularity193 comments 0

Blocking a single molecule defeats chronic fear

As those who suffer from anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder can attest, recovering from pervasive fear memories can be difficult or impossible to do. Yale researchers, however, have shown how disabling a ...

Dec 01, 2015
popularity165 comments 0

Video: What happens when you're about to die?

As Halloween approaches, you may be watching more horror flicks. And afterwards, you might be imagining ghouls and axe murderers around every corner. The fear you feel as you watch a victim die, the screams you make when ...

Oct 27, 2015
popularity13 comments 0

How the brain encodes time and place

When you remember a particular experience, that memory has three critical elements—what, when, and where. MIT neuroscientists have now identified a brain circuit that processes the "when" and "where" components of memory.

Sep 23, 2015
popularity65 comments 3


Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of pain. Psychologists John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that fear is one of a small set of basic or innate emotions. This set also includes such emotions as joy, sadness, and anger. Fear should be distinguished from the related emotional state of anxiety, which typically occurs without any external threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable. Worth noting is that fear always relates to future events, such as worsening of a situation, or continuation of a situation that is unacceptable.

This text uses material from Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA

Subscribe to rss feed