Our ancestors coexisted with spiders and snakes for 40 to 60 million years. As a result, we evidently evolved an innate aversion to such creatures.
Animals October 22, 2017
Many Americans consider vision loss equally bad as losing one's limb, hearing, memory or speech, a new survey revealed. The findings highlight the importance of support for eye health research.
Public Health August 5, 2016
Most people with signs of dementia would prefer to delay a visit to the doctor due to fears that it would mean their 'life is over,' a new survey revealed. However, experts encourage the public to act on their symptoms as early as possible.
Public Health May 17, 2016
Top predators could serve a valuable service in ecosystems by altering the behavior of their prey, a new study finds. How could this finding help protect ecosystems?
Earth/Environment February 23, 2016
A study found that male rats freeze while female rats dart in response to fear. The findings can help the scientific community better understand fear reaction in humans and pave the way for better treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Life January 31, 2016
Watching horror films can indeed cause the blood to curdle, researchers at Leiden University have discovered. This is explained by the ability of acute fear to trigger an increase in the coagulant factor VIII of the blood.
Life December 18, 2015
Grab your popcorn and watch as scientists explain in a video the step-by-step chemical process that occurs in a person's brain before death. Using iconic slasher films as examples, experts say that the feeling viewers get is no different from the emotions on screen.
Life October 30, 2015
Screaming elicits primitive emotions in humans, driving them wild with fear. What makes these sounds so unique?
Life July 17, 2015
Screams are effective at causing fear and alarm in people because the acoustics of shrieks are designed to reach the fear circuit of the brain directly, according to a new study conducted by the University of Geneva.
Life July 17, 2015
Fear may be felt by fruit flies that see the shadow of an object overhead. What could this tell us about emotions in other species?
Animals May 14, 2015
It's Friday the 13th, be careful not to break any mirrors. Here are some other superstitions you might want to watch out for on this day.
Internet Culture February 13, 2015
We like to be scared, say experts, which is why Halloween is so popular. Fear can be a positive experience, they explain.
Life October 30, 2014
In an experiment, researchers observed that the odor released by mother rats when they are distressed teach their babies what to fear.
Life July 29, 2014