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2012-07-06 10:25:40

Researchers decode a molecular mechanism that sheds light on how trauma can become engraved in the brain Feelings of anxiety very effectively prevent people from getting into situations that are too dangerous. Those who have had a terrible experience initially tend to avoid the place of tragedy out of fear. If no other oppressive situation arises, normally the symptoms of fear gradually subside. "The memory of the terrible events is not just erased." states first author, PD Dr. Andras...

2012-06-25 23:04:34

Freedom To Fly Now is a new organization in New York City that helps people overcome fear of flying with weekend group workshops. The organization and workshops are led by Martin Seif, Ph.D., ABPP, nationally known expert on anxiety and fears of flying. The first workshop takes place at LaGuardia Airport in New York on September 15-16, 2012 and includes a commercial flight from LaGuardia Airport to Washington, DC with Dr. Seif and staff. (PRWEB) June 25, 2012 Martin Seif, Ph.D., ABPP,...

2012-06-12 10:25:32

Experimental drug and genetic difference both indicate how people deal with fear and stress Researchers at Duke University and the National Institutes of Health have found a way to calm the fears of anxious mice with a drug that alters their brain chemistry. They've also found that human genetic differences related to the same brain chemistry influence how well people cope with fear and stress. It's an advance in understanding the brain's fear circuitry that the research team says may...

2012-05-15 19:28:40

Similarities with male terrorists counter commonly held images Much like their male counterparts, female terrorists are likely to be educated, employed and native residents of the country where they commit a terrorist act, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. The findings contradict stereotypes presented in previous studies that describe female terrorists as socially isolated and vulnerable to recruitment because they are uneducated, unemployed...

2012-04-23 23:02:51

Thundershirt, the product that has helped so many anxious dogs around the world and is recommended by thousands of vets and trainers, introduces Thundershirt for Cats. Durham, NC (PRWEB) April 23, 2012 Since 2009, the Thundershirt has been reducing anxiety among hundreds of thousands of dogs around the world. The company has conducted extensive research on the prevalence and effects of pet anxiety. Its product testing has produced amazing results for dogs, and now for the first time ever-...

2012-04-02 20:44:24

New University of Otago research suggests that when non-religious people think about their own death they become more consciously skeptical about religion, but unconsciously grow more receptive to religious belief. The Department of Psychology research also found that when religious people think about death, their religious beliefs appear to strengthen at both conscious and unconscious levels. The researchers believe the findings help explain why religion is such a durable feature of human...

The Bigger The Phobia, The Larger The Spider
2012-02-24 05:55:32

According to new research, the bigger the person's arachnophobia, the more likely they perceive the spider is bigger than it really is. During the study, participants who feared spiders were asked to undergo five encounters with live spiders, and provide size estimates of the spiders after those encounters. They found that the more afraid they said they were of spiders, the larger they estimated the spiders to be. "If one is afraid of spiders, and by virtue of being afraid of spiders...

2012-02-23 11:35:09

The more afraid a person is of a spider, the bigger that individual perceives the spider to be, new research suggests. In the context of a fear of spiders, this warped perception doesn't necessarily interfere with daily living. But for individuals who are afraid of needles, for example, the conviction that needles are larger than they really are could lead people who fear injections to avoid getting the health care they need. A better understanding of how a phobia affects the perception...


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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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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