Scientists from the University of Cambridge embarked on an experiment that aims to condition the brain to do away with fear.
When "smelling" our fears is never enough, dogs can also understand what our facial expressions mean.
A recent study found that people who fear spiders often perceive the arachnids as being bigger than they really are. Researchers say their findings may help treat certain phobias.
Genome sequencing, paired with a behavioral test, identified several genes linked to anxiety in chickens. Researchers believe the same genes may play a role in mouse and human behavior.
While some animals use color to express their mood, Beluga whales blow bubbles toshow how they are feeling. Using their mouths and blowholes, the large-headed whales may produce one of four differently-shaped bubbles to signal feelings of aggression, fear, or playfulness, for example.
Those opposed to vaccinating their children, commonly known as 'anti-vaxxers' are a very stubborn bunch. Even in the face of mountains of scientific evidence about how tried-and-true vaccines are harmless, these individuals chose to stand by raw belief and hearsay. One thing, however, can still sway them. The images of children sick with the illnesses vaccines prevent, a new study has found, are powerful enough to make anti-vaxxers change their stance.
As a result of domestication, some animals have evolved differently. Scientists believe this is related to their reduced fear of humans and adapting to a tamer lifestyle.
With summer right around the corner, it'll soon be time for a good old-fashioned picnic. The only thing that might ruin your good time is a pesky fruit fly, which can be shooed away with the simple wave of your hand. But have you ever thought about what that fruit fly could be thinking, for example, if it's actually afraid as it flees the scene? Well, researchers now suggest that fruit flies may be able to feel emotion.
We all know that human activity can influence the lives of nearby animals, especially those top predators that now have to play second fiddle to our ever-expanding interests. However, a new study has shown that not only do our actions impact them, but also our mere presence may cause majestic killers like pumas to grow so fearful that they change their hunting habits for the worse.
The buddy system has long been a tool for worrying parents and cautious camp counselors, offering a little more security for children (and even adults) when heading into unfamiliar territory. A new study now suggests that rats understand the value of the buddy system too, proving less anxious and more bold when exploring new places with a friend.
How would you like your worst fear physically removed from your brain, never to bother you again? That's exactly what seems to have happened to one man who had an irrational fear of spiders. Interestingly, the phobia was eliminated on accident - a happy consequence of a very serious procedure.
In the animal kingdom, it has long been seen that even newborns know to fear certain predators or situations long before they could have possibly learned for themselves about that threat. This has baffled researchers for years, especially among those who scoff at the notion of intrinsic, or "pre-programmed," fears at birth. Now, a new study suggests that these initial fears are not intrinsic, but shared by their mother through odor alone.