How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021

One medication-free technique uses your emotions to release stress.

Laurel Mellin, Associate Professor Emeritus of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Fear of needles could be a hurdle to COVID-19 vaccination, but here are ways to overcome it

What happens when we have a COVID-19 vaccine – and millions are afraid of a needle?

Amy Baxter, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Augusta University • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~8 min

Trump, the politics of fear and racism: How our brains can be manipulated to tribalism

Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good

It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.

Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Can I complain about coronavirus? Why it is OK to vent, sometimes

With so much sadness and loss from COVID-19, some of us may feel selfish if we complain about relative inconveniences. But because humans are creatures of habit, changes are hard.

Arash Javanbakht, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~8 min

Fear can spread from person to person faster than the coronavirus – but there are ways to slow it down

It can feel like everyone is stewing in anxiety about COVID-19 and seeing other people freak out can make you freak out more. A psychiatrist explains this phenomenon, and how to keep it in check.

Jacek Debiec, Assistant Professor / Department of Psychiatry; Assistant Research Professor / Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~8 min