fear http://wrvo.org en Risk: Why 24-hour news, the Internet have us afraid of things we shouldn't be afraid of http://wrvo.org/post/risk-why-24-hour-news-internet-have-us-afraid-things-we-shouldnt-be-afraid <p>You caught an item on the news about toxic chemicals on cash register receipts. You think about the risks of handling receipts over your double cheeseburger at lunch as you step outside for a quick smoke break. What's wrong with this picture? Bad eating habits, tobacco consumption, and you're worried about dying from register receipts? We know fast food and smoking are bad for us, yet we focus on other perceived threats to our health and well-being.</p><p>This week on <em>Take Care</em>, journalist <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/david-ropeik">David Ropeik </a>discusses how we often view risk through a distorted lens. Ropeik has taught this subject at the Harvard School of Public Health, and has written about it for <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>, <em>USA Today</em> and Nova. He is the author of <a href="http://www.dropeik.com/how_excerpt.html">“How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts.”</a></p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with David Ropeik.</strong></p><p> Sun, 04 May 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Take Care 55125 at http://wrvo.org Risk: Why 24-hour news, the Internet have us afraid of things we shouldn't be afraid of Fear is in the mind of the beholder http://wrvo.org/post/fear-mind-beholder <p>You’re watching a scary movie. As the suspense begins building, you notice that your heart rate increases, your pupils dilate, and you that you are beginning to sweat. Is it hot in the room? No, that’s not what’s causing it. What you’re experiencing is good ol’ fashioned fear.</p><p>This week on <em>Take Care</em>, <a href="http://www.psych.nyu.edu/phelpslab/whoweare.html">Dr. Liz Phelps </a>discusses two kinds of fear: real and fake. Dr. Phelps is the director of the <a href="http://www.psych.nyu.edu/phelpslab/whatwedo.html">Phelps Lab at NYU</a> and a professor in psychology. Her research focuses on how human learning and memory are changed by emotion, and what neural systems mediate the interactions between the three.</p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Phelps.</strong></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:10:08 +0000 Take Care Staff 45928 at http://wrvo.org Fear is in the mind of the beholder