Irrational behaviour during difficult circumstances is rooted in deeper cognitive and evolutionary psychological mechanisms. Many reflect what are called emergency decision and purchasing contexts.
What happens when we have a COVID-19 vaccine – and millions are afraid of a needle?
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.
Long after a crisis recedes, residual anxiety can remain and become calcified in cultures, customs and institutions.
It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
How do you know if your fears of coronavirus are out of control? And what can you do about it?
The United States is at risk of lacking data from more than 10 million undocumented immigrants in the 2020 census.
Buddhist monks have been chanting sutras to provide spiritual relief during the coronavirus crisis. A scholar of Buddhism translates some Buddhist teachings into ways we can deal with uncertain times.
With so much sadness and loss from COVID-19, some of us may feel selfish if we complain about relative inconveniences. But because humans are creatures of habit, changes are hard.
It can feel like everyone is stewing in anxiety about COVID-19 and seeing other people freak out can make you freak out more. A psychiatrist explains this phenomenon, and how to keep it in check.
A first-century B.C. Roman poet and philosopher, Lucretius was worried that our fear of death could lead to irrational beliefs and actions that could harm society.
A psychologist explains how to get a grip on anxiety triggered by COVID-19.
Artists have always created monsters to embody human fears. In this year's Adelaide Biennial, Australian contemporary artists bring our past demons and current fears to life.
A social psychologist explains how you can be so deeply affected by the death of someone you've never met.
The human scream – a response we share with our primate relatives – is more nuanced than you might think.
You're just as likely to be a victim of a mass shooting as you are to be struck by lightning. So why do nearly 50% of Americans say they're afraid of being caught in the crossfire?
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.