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Chemistry of Fear and Fright

Date : 10/27/2011

Clip Length : 00:04:58

This NBC News Learn video explains what fear is, chemically: a series of responses in the brain and body -- including an increase in heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, and perspiration -- after release into the bloodstream of two hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, that ready the body for "fight or flight" action.

Chemistry of Fear and Fright
Word Roots: Phobos

Date : 10/30/2008

Clip Length : 00:02:43

16 terms for different phobias, from "arachnophobia" to "xenophobia" -- derived from the Greek root "phobos," meaning "fear" -- are shown in this NBC animation.

Word Roots: Phobos
When Animals Attack: Death Databases Indicate That Our Fondest Phobias May Be Misdirected

Date : 01/25/2011

Clip Length : 2

This 2011 Scientific American Guest Blog compares common phobias of animals, fish, invertebrates and insects with actual deaths attributed to those species. Example: millions of people are afraid of spiders, yet very few are actually killed by venomous spider bites. Source: Scientific American, January 25, 2011

When Animals Attack: Death Databases Indicate That Our Fondest Phobias May Be Misdirected
Who Fears What? Excerpt on Phobias and Anxiety Disorders from 1999 Surgeon General's Report

Date : 01/01/1999

Clip Length : 2

This excerpt from a 1999 U.S. Surgeon General's Mental Health Report summarizes the definitions and incidences in the U.S. population of agoraphobia; specific phobias (such as fear of snakes, spiders, heights, etc.); and social phobias (such as fear of public speaking or performance).

Who Fears What? Excerpt on Phobias and Anxiety Disorders from 1999 Surgeon General's Report
New Ways to Treat Phobias

Date : 04/17/2004

Clip Length : 00:04:31

Dr. Gail Saltz outlines new ways to treat phobias -- persistent and irrational fears of objects, such as snakes or spiders, or situations, such as flying or public speaking. New treatments include virtual reality therapy.

New Ways to Treat Phobias
Scientists Gain Insight into How to Erase Patological Fear

Date : 12/14/2010

Clip Length : 3

This 2010 Scientific American article reports on research into ways of helping the amygdalae in the brain modify or remove--"uninstall"--debilitating traumatic memories and fears imprinted on the brain by neurons. Source: Scientific American, December 14, 2010

Scientists Gain Insight into How to Erase Patological Fear
Is Our Tendency To Experience Fear and Anxiety Genetic?

Date : 03/06/2000

Clip Length : 2

This 2000 Scientific American article summarizes research into whether fear, phobic, anxiety and panic responses are learned and environment-related, or are genetic traits that can be inherited. Source: Scientific American, March 6, 2000

Is Our Tendency To Experience Fear and Anxiety Genetic?
Boo! Common Phobias Slideshow

Date : 10/26/2011

Clip Length : 10

Slide show of ten Associated Press photographs showing common causes of fear responses and phobias, from snakes and spiders to heights and thunder. Source: AP

Boo! Common Phobias Slideshow
Orson Welles Recalls

Date : 11/03/1978

Clip Length : 00:05:02

Forty years after the 1938 radio drama, "War of the Worlds," panicked millions who thought Martians had actually invaded Earth, broadcast director Orson Welles talks about the experience.

Orson Welles Recalls "War of the Worlds" Broadcast 40 Years Later

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