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Nothing Is Scarier Than Bugs Crawling Into Bodily Orifices
“In most places,” though, “the odds of waking up with an insect inside you are slim.”
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What Your Ability to Handle Horror Movies Says About You
For everyone too easily spooked to go see
Investigating My Lifelong Phobia of Cotton Balls
It’s called sidonglobophobia, and it’s a lot more emotionally fraught than it sounds.
If You Learn What a Bedbug Looks Like, You Won’t Freak Out Over False Alarms
Most people can’t pick a bedbug out of a lineup, leading to a lot of unnecessary angst when they spot another type of bug.
How Growing Up With the Threat of Nuclear War Shapes Kids’ Psyches
Research on children during the Cold War shows that the pervasive fear affected how they later related to the world as adults.
When Awe Turns Frightening
It’s not all sunsets. It’s also thunderstorms.
Are Conservatives More Scared of Stuff Than Liberals?
A new study adds some weight to the idea that they might be, but it’s important to recognize the caveats.
Scientists Can Hack Your Brain to Help You Forget Your Fears
It’s a trickier form of exposure therapy.
How the Way You Breathe Affects What You Remember
This one applies to the nose only — sorry, mouth-breathers.
Insects Are Scary Because Your Brain Confuses Disgust With Fear
How can something so small and harmless be so terrifying?
Why Some People Never Grow Out of a Fear of the Dark
People Fear Clowns for the Same Reason They Fear Uncertainty
Why clowns’ creepiness isn’t confined to horror movies.
The Neurological Reason Fearmongering Is Such a Powerful Political Tool
If you want to convince people of something before they can even think about it, scare them.
How Scary Stories Help Kids Learn to Handle Fear in Real Life
Even at a young age, horror has its benefits.
Running From Nothing: Why False-Alarm Freak-outs Happen
The LAX stampede is the most recent example of this recent trend of false-alarm freak-outs.
You Could Probably Lift a Car, If You Really Needed To
The science of superhuman strength says your body is stronger than it lets on.
The Fear of Terrorism Is Dangerous on a Biological Level
Research reveals the physiological impact of “consistent exposure to terror threats.”
What Motivates Extreme Athletes to Take Huge Risks?
For many, the answer isn’t what you’d assume.
Partial Lobotomy Cures Man’s Arachnophobia
Now he kind of likes the little guys.
How to Get Over Stage Fright
And two more mind tricks to get over your fear of public speaking.
Wal-Mart Is Terrified of Selling Clothes, Especially Fashionable Ones
Kathy Lee Gifford is partly to blame.