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Redefining Fear

Joseph E. LeDoux equates emotional experience — particularly fear — with soup. Like the medley of ingredients we add to broth, fear encompasses a mix of brain arousal, body feedback, attention, and memory. In his APS William James Fellow Award Address, LeDoux argues for a new, increasingly multidimensional way of studying fear. ... More>

Why Is Scaring People So Much Fun?

Why We Worry About Shark Attacks, Not Car Crashes

New research from the University of Waikato demonstrates how our perceptions of risk on the road don’t always match up with the reality. ... More>

A Conversation With the Psychologist Behind ‘Inside Out’