The human scream – a response we share with our primate relatives – is more nuanced than you might think.
There are three main scenarios that may influence whether or not you develop a phobia.
Young people have reason to protest today and call for action on climate change. But they risk anxiety if they feel they are not heard and nothing is done.
What kind of curious are you? Scientists explore different types of curiosity and their home in the brain.
Strengthening the language on climate change can help, but journalists should cover its inspiring solutions, too.
Life without pain might seem like a blessing. But pain plays an important role in protecting our bodies from further damage.
Climate change is an emergency which will hurt the planet's most vulnerable people – the only irrational response is cool detachment.
Fear, a psychiatrist writes, has roots deep within the human psyche, and demagogues have long exploited the emotion. In today's world, it's important to know the dangers of that exploitation.
In ads, robots typically are scary, sad or stupid. Real-life robots and artificial intelligence systems are none of those.
Our brain processes the fear of regret in the same way as actual regret, making us reluctant to make changes in life.
Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.
Hysterical narratives promoting fear among some Americans may be more effective at sparking violence than hate speech is. Social media companies are expected to guard against both.
Mass shootings bring terror in ways that people watching from afar can only imagine. And yet, society at large is also affected, a trauma psychiatrist writes.
Evolution can explain why animals are scared – but what can we do to help?
There are various techniques that can soften the fear factor of a scary film: from talking about it to providing facts that contextualise the plotline.
We love to be scared by creepy movies. But fear has other uses too. It can be used negatively by politicians to control us, but can also be a tool to harness internal change.
Visiting a haunted house or watching a horror movie can be terrifying and enjoyable at the same time. A sociologist explains the psychological benefits of being safely scared.
The allegations raised in a book on the Trump administration by Bob Woodward and an anonymous op-ed would be enough to get most CEOs fired.
Revelations about the president's behavior in a new book and an unsigned op-ed, writes a Yale psychiatrist, support what she and mental health specialists have warned: Trump is dangerously unstable.
After acts of violence, we want to make sense of what is right and wrong and where we stand in the world. But we must ensure our belief systems are periodically and systematically checked.