How Useful Is Fear? Franklin D. Roosevelt no doubt meant to be soothing when he insisted, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” A quick and terrifying tour through the academic literature on fear, though, reveals just … Continue reading The evolution of fear
A Psychologist Explains How to Conquer Your Fear of Trying New Things The new year is the perfect time to finally take up ceramics, learn Mandarin, start a book club, start rock-climbing, or plant a garden. In 2018, the Cut … Continue reading Doing what you set out to do
The Chill of Fear A copse can beckon, with its dappled leaves and songbird trills. But linger past twilight, and tree, bush, and animal assume different dimensions. Trunks thicken and loom, bushes snatch at clothing, and the rustlings and skitters … Continue reading Fear factors
Mass hysteria may explain ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba, say top neurologists Senior neurologists have suggested that a spate of mysterious ailments among US diplomats in Cuba – which has caused a diplomat rift between the two countries – could have … Continue reading Psychogenic facts
‘What Do You Think Is the Most Important Problem Facing This Country Today?’ Since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Gallup polling organization has asked Americans an open-ended question: “What do you think is the most important problem facing … Continue reading The American consciousness
Primal fear can blinker our decisions, even in elections Few researchers in the history of psychology are as controversial as Harry Harlow. His most famous experiment was to socially isolate infant rhesus monkeys and give them a choice between two … Continue reading Fear won
Inside Psychology’s ‘Methodological Terrorism’ Debate It isn’t every day that an academic researcher publicly compares some of her colleagues to terrorists, so it’s probably no surprise that what happened last month sparked a heated debate. That’s when a draft version … Continue reading Is methodological terrorism out there?