Pandemic Lockdown Eases Mountain Lions’ Fear of Urban Areas
Pandemic Lockdown Eases Mountain Lions’ Fear of Urban Areas
Six GPS-tracked wild cats wandered closer to Santa Cruz, California, and surrounding towns as human activity died down under shelter-in-place orders last March.
Pandemic Lockdown Eases Mountain Lions’ Fear of Urban Areas
Pandemic Lockdown Eases Mountain Lions’ Fear of Urban Areas

Six GPS-tracked wild cats wandered closer to Santa Cruz, California, and surrounding towns as human activity died down under shelter-in-place orders last March.

Six GPS-tracked wild cats wandered closer to Santa Cruz, California, and surrounding towns as human activity died down under shelter-in-place orders last March.

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Screams Communicate Human Emotions
Screams Communicate Human Emotions
Phil Jaekl | Jul 1, 2021
A group of self-styled screamologists are sifting through the noisiness of nonverbal human vocalizations and finding previously undemonstrated forms of communication.
Mice Share Each Other’s Pain and Fear
Mice Share Each Other’s Pain and Fear
Amanda Heidt | Jan 14, 2021
The animals adopt the emotional state of their cagemates, and the parts of the brain engaged during the process are different for pain and fear, according to a new study.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Nature of Fear</em>
Book Excerpt from The Nature of Fear
Daniel T. Blumstein | Oct 21, 2020
In the book’s prologue, author Daniel T. Blumstein explains his introduction to the study of fear.
The Sound and the Fear
The Sound and the Fear
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2020
See University of California, Los Angeles, animal behavior researcher Dan Blumstein explain common characteristics of vocalizations that express fearful emotions.
Wielding Fear
Wielding Fear
Bob Grant | Oct 1, 2020
The primordial emotion is apt to run amok. But harnessing it can lead to responsible behavior and sound thinking.
Contributors
Contributors
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2020
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Daniel T. Blumstein | Oct 1, 2020
Fear binds us to our human and nonhuman ancestors. Understanding the emotion can help us grapple with challenges we face today.
Brain Circuitry for Fear and Anxiety Is the Same on fMRI
Brain Circuitry for Fear and Anxiety Is the Same on fMRI
Amanda Heidt | Sep 21, 2020
A study in people fails to detect differences in the brain’s response to fear or anxiety, long thought to be controlled by different neural circuits.
Study Probes Brain Activity in Survivors of Paris Terror Attacks
Study Probes Brain Activity in Survivors of Paris Terror Attacks
Jef Akst | May 1, 2020
Those who had developed PTSD appear to be less able to suppress unwanted memories—traumatic or not—suggesting a role for the general ability to control memory recall in the disorder.
How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
Amber Dance | May 1, 2020
Strategies to make lab animals forget, remember, or experience false recollections probe how memory works, and may inspire treatments for neurological diseases.
How Mice Forget to Be Afraid
How Mice Forget to Be Afraid
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2020
The animals develop a new memory that overrides the fearful one by inhibiting the cells that encode the original memory.
Infographic: Messing with a Mouse&rsquo;s Memory
Infographic: Messing with a Mouse’s Memory
Amber Dance | May 1, 2020
Researchers have developed ways to manipulate neurons involved in a particular memory to make mice recall an experience or to remember something that never happened.
Book Excerpt from <em>Pleased to Meet Me</em>
Book Excerpt from Pleased to Meet Me
Bill Sullivan | Sep 1, 2019
In Chapter 6, author Bill Sullivan explains how irrational fears can be passed down through transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.
Defeating Fear Depends on Amygdala Suppression
Defeating Fear Depends on Amygdala Suppression
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018
Researchers determine the neurological mechanics underpinning a technique to extinguish fearful memories using goal-directed eye movements.
Distinct Regions Drive Responses to Anxiety, Fear
Distinct Regions Drive Responses to Anxiety, Fear
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
Researchers map brain activity associated with a person’s anticipation of or direct confrontation with danger.
Infographic: Anticipation Versus Confrontation
Infographic: Anticipation Versus Confrontation
Catherine Offord | Dec 31, 2017
The brain is activated differently when it’s contemplating, rather than directly facing, a threat.
Study: Autism Linked with Different Reactions to Chemical Signals
Study: Autism Linked with Different Reactions to Chemical Signals
Shawna Williams | Nov 27, 2017
Responses to compounds in human sweat may help explain why people with autism spectrum disorder tend to struggle with social cues.
Image of the Day: Red Alert
Image of the Day: Red Alert
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 9, 2017
Researchers unveil the neural basis of alertness in larval zebrafish.   
The Benefits of Trepidation
The Benefits of Trepidation
Abigail Marsh | Nov 1, 2017
While wiping fear from our brains may seem attractive, the emotion is an essential part of our behavioral repertoire.