Witch-finders of early modern Europe and modern Africa made themselves indispensable by showing people a threat of a growing crisis of threatening evil.
A cheap antibiotic may help prevent the formation of fearful memories.
Today, the causes of many phobias are as inscrutable as ever – but they were only 'invented' in the 19th century.
Your phobias might just be influencing another's fears.
Fear is a potent emotion that influences our decision-making. Each presidential candidate has tried to harness it during the last stretch of the campaign.
E-book sales are falling, even though many said they would "kill" print books. Computers and television were also supposed to spell the book's demise. At one point, people even feared the phonograph.
All the popular monsters you'll see out trick-or-treating, from Frankenstein to Dracula, were born out of fear and anxiety about change and technology.
Utopia and dystopia are combined in current political thinking, from Donald Trump to the universal basic income.
Even indirect exposure to the terrorist attacks of September 11 has left profound and deep impact on those too young to remember a world before that.
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
Could their affinity for a certain type of television drama help explain why they're drawn to his rhetoric?
Two experts in political rhetoric explain how one candidate has used rhetorical devices like framing and 'argumentum in terrorem' to stoke fear and attract voters since the Orlando nightclub shooting.
Freezing might have psychological benefits. Many people who “freeze” report little or no memory of the trauma.
Research from the University of Maryland suggests that 'Trump culture' is part of human culture, and has its roots in warfare, famine and natural disasters.
Opposition inspires more confidence in one's position than support and also helps to turn judgments into actions. This helps explain why attack ads are a crucial tool in politicians' arsenals.
Why thinking about death makes us more religious, conservative and prejudiced.
Our gut reactions to controversial issues like hydraulic fracturing can be powerful, but information can still change our minds.
The best haunted houses push buttons in our brains that evolved long before houses even existed.
Why are atheists deemed as untrustworthy as rapists?
Wingsuit flying might be dangerous but that doesn't mean all base jumpers are hedonists with a death wish.