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2012-10-16 11:36:29

A brain pathway that is stimulated by traumatic or fearful experiences can be disrupted by two compounds that show promise for preventing post-traumatic stress disorder, Indiana University researchers reported. In a presentation prepared for the Neuroscience 2012 scientific conference in New Orleans Oct. 13 to 17, Anantha Shekhar and colleagues from IU reported the results of experiments with rats using a standard methodology called a conditioned fear test. The neural signaling...

2012-10-11 07:25:42

MIAMI, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The most terrifying villains from the greatest fright films of all time turn the high seas into their newest hunting ground next Halloween when the very first SHIP OF FEAR: A HORROR CRUISE, hosted by Tom Holland, sets sail in October 2013. Led by the Architect of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper, directors and actors from genre-defining films including Child's Play, Candyman, Phantasm, Fright Night, The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Friday the 13(th), The Howling, Pet...

2012-10-09 21:41:05

Among the most popular questions addressed in online communication research is the extent to which Internet use leads to undesirable psychosocial outcomes such as depression and loneliness. Evidence suggests that certain motivations to communicate online can have negative consequences, as the Internet itself can, for some, serve as an object of compulsive use. Individuals´ compulsive Internet use (CIU) refers to their inability to control, reduce, or stop their online behavior, while...

Fear Is Hard To Forget For Adolescents
2012-09-28 08:44:42

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College recently discovered that fear is difficult for teenagers to remove, as they may feel a strong sense of threat even when the danger is gone. It is possible that stress and anxiety is highest at this time and the study is the first to examine “fear acquisition” and “fear extinction learning” in the brains of mice, which are somewhat similar to the neural networks...

Forget About Fear
2012-09-21 04:44:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Emotional memories can be erased shortly after they are formed through behavioral intervention alone, without the aid of medications, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science. The breakthrough offers a major step forward in understanding where fearful memories are processed in the brain, and how to permanently erase them. The research could be particularly helpful for people suffering from conditions such...

2012-09-20 23:01:28

Cityscapes can wreak havoc on the brain (Marie Claire, September issue, pg. 346). They activate areas that are linked to stress and associated with anxiety. Pastoral landscapes on the other hand, trigger feelings of calm and relaxation. This is why therapist Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil thinks fall is the perfect time to think seriously about mental health and get out in nature. (PRWEB) September 20, 2012 Winter can be a dreary time, and city-dwellers might start feeling it more than others....

Crows Are Smart Than You Think!
2012-09-11 14:29:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If crows ever freaked you out before, then you´re in for a whole new set of chill bumps. New research indicates that crows are able to recognize faces and associate them with feelings. Scientists writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said that crows have human-like ways of attaching negative and positive emotions to particular faces. “The regions of the crow brain that work together are not unlike...

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2012-09-05 20:07:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study suggests that expressing your feelings and fears in times of anxiety and stress may actually help you through these times and confront your fears. In fact, according to this UCLA psychology study, the more negative and fearful words you use, the better chance you have of reducing your fear and stress. In order to test this theory, the UCLA psychologists asked 88 participants to face a very common human fear: A...

2012-09-03 11:07:01

Asthma patients could be at a higher risk of worsening symptoms due to problems with their balance, according to new research. The study will be presented today (2 September 2012) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna. Researchers aimed to assess the link between asthma, anxiety and balance. Anxiety and imbalance are closely related. Muscles and joints are controlled by signals from the brain, which are, in turn, sent from stimuli from the eyes and inner ear....

2012-08-28 02:20:23

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fear of flying is the second most held fear in America. If the mere thought of boarding a plane sends you racing to your computer to figure how to drive to your destination instead, you're not alone. Over 50 percent of people admit to a fear of flying, including celebrities, like John Madden, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, and Collin Farrell. Physical manifestations - when you cannot possibly drive and must fly - can include heavy breathing,...


Latest Fear Reference Libraries

Spectrophobia
2013-12-24 12:23:34

Spectrophobia is a kind of specific phobia involving a morbid fear of mirrors. Catoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors. This phobia is distinct from Eisoptrophobia, which is the fear of your own reflection. In general, an individual suffering from this phobia has been traumatized in an event where they believe they have seen or heard apparitions or ghosts. The individual could also become traumatized by television shows, nightmares, or horror films. This fear could be the result of a trauma...

Ophidiophobia
2013-12-24 09:20:10

Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a particular form of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of snakes. Fear of snakes is occasionally referred to as a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles and/or amphibians. The word comes from the Greek ophis, which is in reference to snakes and phobia, meaning fear. Numerous symptoms are common among ophidiophobes including a feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when thinking about or are exposed to snakes, the feeling that you must do everything...

Acrophobia
2013-10-21 09:15:37

Acrophobia, derived from the Greek: ákron, meaning "peak, summit, edge”, is an intense, irrational fear of heights. This is a somewhat common fear; between 2 and 5 percent of the general population suffer from a fear of heights, and twice the number of sufferers are female. Like most phobias, Acrophobia is generally attributed to a traumatic incident involving heights; however, recent studies have questioned this theory, due to the prevalence of this phobia. Some studies have suggested...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
2013-07-25 15:07:54

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder with worry about normal, everyday situations such as finance, health and wellbeing in relationships (personal and work related) all lasting longer than six months. Symptoms The symptoms of GAD can include but are not limited to difficulty swallowing, rashes, shortness of breath, fidgeting, headaches, tension, nausea, etc. In order for GAD to be ruled as present, the symptoms and feelings must be experiences for at least six...

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