Phobias News

Watching Others Can Help Ease a Phobia

September 17th, 2013
Watching Others Can Help Ease a PhobiaPhobias, although common, are sometimes difficult to treat. People are just as likely to avoid the feared object than they are to proactively treat their irrational anxiety surrounding ...

Can Software Actually Help Improve Your Social Skills?

June 17th, 2013
Can Software Actually Help Improve Your Social Skills?    MIT scientists have developed a software system to help people improve their conversational and interview skills. Experts say that social phobias affect about ...

Nerve Cells Associated with Sleep Targeted in Anxiety Disorders

March 7th, 2013
Nerve Cells Associated with Sleep Targeted in Anxiety Disorders    New research suggests a group of cells activated during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is critical for the regulation of emotional ...

Brain Activity Predicts Long-Term Fear Memory

March 3rd, 2013
Brain Activity Predicts Long-Term Fear MemoryDuring a fearful experience, particular changes in brain activity patterns may predict whether a long-term fear memory is formed, according to researchers at ...

Countering Negativity So Phobias Can be Resolved

February 27th, 2013
Countering Negativity So Phobias Can be Resolved Emerging research suggests management of negativity and fear are critical first steps in the elimination of phobias. Experts have learned that confronting ...

Alexithymia: Emotional Disconnect Challenges Marriages

November 13th, 2012
Alexithymia: motional Disconnect Challenges MarriagesCommunication problems with a spouse or partner often lead to problems. Now, a new study discovers that some couples are unable to share or even understand ...

With Math Anxiety, the Brain Feels the Pain

November 1st, 2012
With Math Anxiety, the Brain Feels the PainNew research shows that math anxiety creates a response in the brain similar to when people experience physical ...

Not Getting Sleepy? Not Everyone Can Be Hypnotized

October 6th, 2012
Not Getting Sleepy? Not Everyone Can Be Hypnotized  The brains of people who can be easily hypnotized are different than the brains of people who can't be hypnotized, according to ...

Can You Simply ‘Erase’ Fear From the Brain?

September 21st, 2012
Can You Simply 'Erase' Fear From the Brain?nNewly formed emotional memories can be erased from the human brain, according to new research from Uppsala University in Sweden. "These ...

Sleep Enhances Exposure Therapy for Spider Phobia

July 29th, 2012
Sleep Enhances Exposure Therapy for Spider PhobiaA new, small study reveals that going to sleep after exposure therapy for spider phobia tends to make the treatment more effective. The ...