Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.
There are plenty of reasons to love and not hate spiders, but let's start with just eight.
We may pretend that we do not like fear, but Halloween proves otherwise. Many of us enjoy being scared. But why?
John Carpenter's The Thing is a sci-fi classic with a strong fanbase among polar scientists. So why does it resonate so much?
Research suggests that sleeping on your back can increase the chances of stillbirth. Pregnant women need better access to such vital information.
A new psychological intervention can help any parents - even those crippled by fear and self-blame - to become powerful recovery coaches to children with eating disorders.
Fly-bys by RAAF Super Hornets and army helicopters are a noisy finale to the Brisbane Festival. While many find this sound awe-inspiring, what of those with lived experience of war?
Anxieties about hoodlums in cars was just another expression of an age-old fear of change.
Modern life has removed real fear as an experience for most of us. But this basic animal emotion is crucial to the human experience
A widely publicised study that cast doubt on the safety of milk formula was misleading, based on dubiously reported studies and may have serious consequences.
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?