Enjoy these fun science-themed Halloween stories from the Science Update Archives!
Brain activity changes permanently when people overcome a phobia.
SIZING UP SPIDERS
Does a fear of spiders warp our perception of their size?
THE SCREAMING BRAIN
What qualities make screams so scary?
VAMPIRE SPIDERS & FRANKENSQUITOES
Scientists mix and match mosquito body parts to discover which traits predatory spiders like most.
SEEKING OUT FEAR
The science of human fear is much more complex than is commonly thought.
A listener asks: Can spiders get caught in the webs of other spiders?
VAMPIRE BAT CALLS
Vocal communication between vampire bats who know each other helps them survive when they don’t get enough to eat.
Researchers are studying a woman who lacks fear in order to help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A listener wonders why we fear irrational things when there are plenty of real threats out there.
EYES VS. FACES
Monsters from the role playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” help reveal what’s most important to us.