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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 ...

CBT Psychotherapy Best For Anxiety Disorders

June 28th, 2012
CBT Psychotherapy Best For Anxiety DisordersA University of Houston researcher has found that patients suffering from anxiety disorders showed the most improvement when treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) ...

Fear of the Dark May Drive Insomnia for Many

June 12th, 2012
Fear of the Dark May Drive Insomnia for ManyA fear of the dark may trigger some insomnia, according to researchers at Ryerson University. The findings ...

Blogs May Help Teens Reduce Social Stress

January 5th, 2012
Blogs May Help Teens Reduce Social StresBlogging may help teens improve their self-esteem and enhance friendships, a new study suggests. Moreover, the online activity is especially helpful ...

A Vaccination Against Prejudice?

December 3rd, 2011
A Vaccination Against Prejudice?Evolutionary psychologists suspect that prejudice is rooted in survival. Our distant ancestors had to avoid outsiders who might have carried disease. Research still shows that when people feel vulnerable to illness, they ...

Recent Illness Primes Avoidance of Health Threats

September 9th, 2011
Recent Illness Primes Avoidance of Health ThreatsWhile most appreciate the efficiency of our immune system -- a biological system that automatically responds to pathogens once they have entered our system -- few realize ...

Lab Studies Show that Light Reduces Fear

August 11th, 2011
Lab Studies Show that Light Reduces Fear Using mice as model, University of Virginia researchers discover light plays a role in reducing fear and anxiety. This finding and application may augment the treatment of ...

Exercise Lessens Anxiety In the Short Run

March 19th, 2011
Exercise Lessens Anxiety In the Short RunThe next time you're nervously prepping for an exam or a crucial job interview, consider this: taking a break to exercise may help you stay calm and focused ...

Research May Yield New Drug Targets for Memory, Anxiety Disorders

January 10th, 2011
New Drug Target for Anxiety DisordersA new drug target for anxiety disorders -- and particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- is now possible due to a recent unexpected discovery by UCLA scientists.  Their research ...
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