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Brains Of Social Anxiety Sufferers Have Faulty 'Brakes'

By | Fri, 12/06/2013 - 15:26

An inhibitory circuit in the brains of people with social anxiety disorder fails to control their sense of dread, an Austrian MRI study finds.

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The Family Tree Of Phobia

By | Mon, 12/02/2013 - 13:46

Fear conditioning in mice showed how subsequent generations can inherit fear based on modified gene activity.

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Gene Behind Panic Disorder Discovered; Targeting Fear Memories Could Lead To Treatment

By | Fri, 11/29/2013 - 17:35

Scientists have pinpointed the gene behind panic disorder's hallmark fear-related memory production.

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Overcoming Fear By Sleeping On It

By | Sun, 09/22/2013 - 18:48

Fear memories could gradually be erased through continuous exposure during sleep, a new study suggests.

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Watching Others Face Your Fears Could Help You Overcome Them

By | Mon, 09/16/2013 - 20:39

If someone told you to touch an electrical outlet, would you do it? What if they did it first? One new study suggests that watching others do something you fear could help you overcome it.

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Fear Of Holes? Trypophobia Is 'The Most Common Phobia You've Never Heard Of,' Researcher Says

By | Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:31

Terrified of honeycombs, lotus seed pods, and corals? Long dismissed as a facetious hype, trypophobia may be a very real condition.

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Fear Of Stigma May Slow HIV Prevention Efforts Among Navajo

By | Mon, 05/20/2013 - 16:51

Despite the Indian Health Service's vast prevention and treatment efforts, the stigma surrounding HIV on the Navajo reservation remains a hindrance.

Eyes Wide Open: Fearful Facial Expressions Are Powerful Social Cues

Eyes Wide Open: Fearful Facial Expressions Are Powerful Social Cues

By | Thu, 05/02/2013 - 00:12

Wide-eyed facial expressions of fear serve both sensory and social evolutionary benefits, according to new research: enlarging the visual field to spot threats, and orienting observers to the source of danger.

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Kendra Wilkinson Quits Show Because of Acrophobia, Fear of Heights

By | Wed, 04/03/2013 - 19:33

Kendra Wilkinson quits the diving reality show “Splash!” because of her fear of heights. What causes acrophobia, and how is it treated?

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Scientists Pinpoint Memories of Fear in Brain

By | Mon, 01/28/2013 - 18:42

Fight or flight: those are two general animal responses to the feeling of fear.

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Study Says Humans Can Smell Fear, Emotion Is Contagious

By | Tue, 11/06/2012 - 15:31

It's taken for granted that animals can smell extreme emotions like fear, but can humans?

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A PTSD-Free Future May Be Near: Scientists Are Able to Erase Fear From Your Memories

By | Thu, 09/20/2012 - 15:40

It's been the hope of so many people suffering from traumatic or embarrassing memories: what if they could just erase them?

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"That Spider's Ugly": Being Negative Helps People Overcome Phobias

By | Wed, 09/05/2012 - 16:26

Describing fear in a negative way can lower anxiety and improve response to phobias, a new study says.