Things That Go Bump in The Night

Exploring the scary side of life.

Why Halloween Just Won't Go Away

By Mark Banschick M.D.
What is Halloween really about?

Why Are There Horror Movies?

By Norman N Holland Ph.D.
We get pleasure from unpleasurable emotions--how? why?

The Lure of Haunted Houses

By David Weiss
Why was I dying to go inside?

Ted Bundy's Ghost

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
The infamous serial killer appears to be quite mobile in the afterlife.

Compare and Despair

By Kim Schneiderman L.C.S.W., M.S.W
How to tackle the green-eyed monster

What the Candy Witch Taught Us

By Denise Cummins Ph.D.
Children are not as gullible as we think.

Watching “Harry Potter” Enhances Creativity

By Matthew Hutson
Magic and fantasy get you out of a rut.

How Scary is Operant Conditioning? (Happy Halloween!)

By Rebecca Coffey
B. F. Skinner still freaks the bejeezus out of people.

Halloween Time: Fun or Fear?

By Charlotte Reznick Ph.D.
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time.

"Why Is Mental Illness Scary?

By Praveen R. Kambam M.D.
Hallo-weaning ourselves from stigmatizing horror tropes

Devils, Demons and Dybbuks: Possession, Exorcism and Psychotherapy

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D.
What is the Dybbuk?

Hollywood, Halloween and Horror Movies—a Killer Formula

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D.
Regarding horror movies, are humans perverse, even masochistic?

Autistic Kids Are Magnets for Ghosts

By Deborah Schurman-Kauflin Ph.D.
Those with autism often are first to recognize the paranormal

Happy Halloween and welcome to the Death Cafe!

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D.
New ways and very old ways to deal with fear of death

Why is the Job Search So Scary?

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D.
Job seeking? Make sure your brain is your ally and not your enemy.

Necessary Evil Documentary: Exploring Super-Villainy

By Travis Langley Ph.D.
Psychologists join comics creators and film pros in examining super-villains.

Which Fear to Face First?

By Patty Chang Anker
Stuck picking a Some Nerve Challenge? Try creating your Index of Fears.

Thinking Like an Italian

By Anneli Rufus
An award-winning chef enters the heads of faraway people in faraway times.

Halloween Quotes: What They Say About Our Fears

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
How does the holiday help us gain control over our deepest anxieties?

Doctor Who: Fear the Weeping Angels and Don't Blink

By Travis Langley Ph.D.
Avian Anderson discusses which kinds of fear the Weeping Angels evoke.

Why We Can't Just Get Rid of Anxiety & Distress

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Negative emotions are hard-wired into our brains to be managed, not eliminated

The Self-Cleaning Brain

By Emily Deans M.D.
How sleep clears toxic metabolic byproducts from the brain.

Fierce Weather and a Legacy of Loss

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
My guest blogger has documented a community's experience of a devastating flood.

Ghosts And Spirits Can Be Beneficial To Your Mental Health

By Deborah Schurman-Kauflin Ph.D.
Belief in the afterlife can help you cope with trauma

Zombies, Brains, and Memory

By Ira Hyman Ph.D.
Explaining the zombie memory advantage

Princesses and Zombies: Halloween Isn’t Just For Children

By Krystine I. Batcho Ph.D.
Macabre images remind us of the ambiguity of death and its aftermath.

Boo! Halloween Humor to Tickle Your Funny Bone

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Halloween riddles about skeletons, vampires, and witches!

3 Quick Ways to Curb Catastrophic Thinking

By Meg Selig
Assuming catastrophes are coming holds you back. Here's how to move ahead.

Fright Night

By Valerie A. Curtis Ph.D.
Fear and loathing at Halloween

50 Ways You Can Be Brave Today

By Barbara Markway Ph.D.
Simple ways to get your brave on

Seeking Danger to Find a Sense of Life

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr.
Thrills unveil your mortality and make you feel alive