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How news coverage of terrorism may shape support for anti-Muslim policies
Terrorist attacks committed by the so-called Islamic State are rising in Western countries. A new Political Psychology study indicates that how the news media portray these attacks may influence emotional responses and support for anti-Muslim policies such as immigration bans. (2019-02-21)

Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship, study shows
A U.Va. study using brain scans has found that people experience risk to friends in the same way they feel risk to themselves. (2013-08-22)

Nuclear weapons continue to pose a serious health risk in Europe
Nuclear weapons in various European countries, particularly Russia, pose a serious threat to health, argues a letter in this week's BMJ. (2005-07-21)

Study examines brain activity and anxiety symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorder
The error-related negativity (ERN) is a brain signal response to errors that is thought to reflect threat sensitivity and has been implicated in anxiety disorders in individuals without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2017-12-06)

Whether human or hyena, there's safety in numbers
Humans, when alone, see threats as closer than they actually are. But mix in people from a close group, and that misperception disappears. (2013-04-23)

Cyber expert on 'insider threat' attacks
Dr Duncan Hodges, Senior Lecturer in Cyberspace Operations, Cranfield University, is actively researching insider threats such as the recent Twitter attack. He and researcher Katie Paxton-Fear are presenting this paper Understanding Insider Threat Attacks Using Natural Language Processing, at the HCI International Conference on Thursday 23 July 2020 1400 CEST.  (2020-07-20)

Individuals' perceptions on immigration and political trust may have shaped the Brexit vote
A few weeks prior to the EU Referendum in the UK, researchers surveyed 1,000 residents of Kent in the south east of England (where a majority intended to vote to leave), and 1,000 across Scotland (where a majority intended to vote to remain). The findings are published in the British Journal of Social Psychology. (2018-01-10)

Threats of terrorism perceived differently depending on identification within a group
People who see their group as more homogenous -- for instance, the more one thinks Americans are similar to each other -- are less likely to be influenced by external terrorist threat alerts, according to research from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. (2014-11-24)

Children of Holocaust survivors more anxious about Iranian nuclear threat than their peers
As preparations are made to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day (Thursday, April 16), a new Bar-Ilan University study reveals that the adult children of Holocaust survivors are more preoccupied with the threat of a nuclear Iran than their peers whose parents are not Holocaust survivors. (2015-04-14)

Free will takes flight: how our brains respond to an approaching menace
Wellcome Trust scientists have identified for the first time how our brain's response changes the closer a threat gets. Using a (2007-08-23)

Georgetown to host bioterrorism workshop
Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health will sponsor a Bioterrorism Workshop to present and discuss the latest developments in our country's effort to combat the threat of bioterrorism, and to develop safe, effective vaccinations. (2002-09-12)

Pregnancy stereotypes can lead to workplace accidents
A study of pregnant women in physically demanding jobs found that their fears of confirming stereotypes about pregnant workers as incompetent, weak or less committed to their job could drive them to work extra hard, risking injury. (2020-06-29)

Federal grant supports UTSA research in espionage prevention
Nicole Beebe, Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Daijin Ko, UTSA professor of management science and statistics, have received a $649,172 grant from the US Department of Homeland Security to strengthen insider threat detection. (2016-07-18)

Analysis uncovers racial bias in fatal shootings by police
A recent analysis found that among 990 individuals fatally shot by US police officers in 2015, Black civilians were more than twice as likely as White civilians to have been unarmed, and civilians from 'other' minority groups were significantly more likely than White civilians to have not posed an imminent threat to the officer(s) or other civilians. (2017-02-08)

Researchers examine social identity threat and religion in the US
When people feel targeted because of their religious identity, they can experience a psychological threat that may undermine psychological well-being and increase prejudice toward other groups, according to a new study by Penn State psychologists. (2017-11-14)

Researchers assess bird flu virus subtypes in China
The avian influenza virus subtype H16N3 is currently detectable in many countries. To examine the potential threat to humans of H16N3, researchers recently performed an extensive avian influenza surveillance in major wild bird gatherings across China from 2017-2019. The findings are published in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. (2020-04-08)

Disagreement among experts over bioweapons threat
Amid continued difficulties around assessing bioweapons threats, especially given limited empirical data, Crystal Boddie and colleagues took another route to gauge their danger: the collective judgment of multiple experts. (2015-08-20)

U of MN Center for Drug Design awarded $2.5 million grant
The University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design has been awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to research antidotes for cyanide poisoning. (2006-10-26)

Study examines correlation between race and police force size
Empirical studies have long shown that crime rate and budget alone do not account for the size of an area's police force. Police forces tend to be larger in areas where blacks comprise a larger percentage, and many sociologists have attributed this to racial attitudes, specifically the white population's perceptions of threat. A thought-provoking study is the first to empirically examine this premise. (2007-10-01)

Young meerkats learn the emotion before the message in threat calls
Human speech provides simultaneous information about a person's emotions and objects in the environment. Past research has shown that animal vocalizations can do the same, but little is known about the development of the features that encode such information. Observing wild, but habituated, meerkats (Suricata suricatta) in the Kalahari Desert, researchers from the University of Zürich have shown that a youngster's understanding about the urgency of a threatening situation develops earlier than their understanding about the type of threat faced. (2007-05-22)

Herbivorous vertebrates may face most daunting extinction risk
Herbivores -- not predators -- may face a higher risk of extinction among mammals, birds, and reptiles, according to a new study of more than 44,000 living and extinct species. The findings suggest herbivores have consistently suffered the highest threat of extinction in the present day, the recent past, and the late Pleistocene - more so than species from any other position. (2020-08-05)

National Symposium On Medical And Public Health Response To Bioterrorism
An epidemic catastrophe resulting from a terrorist's use of a biological weapon is a threat of increasing probability in light of events including the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, disclosures regarding the former Soviet Union's sophisticated bioweapons program, and recent discoveries of Iraq's large-scale efforts to produce and weaponize biological agents. (1999-02-03)

Great recession reflux amounts to more hunger among seniors
A new study that looked at the hunger trends over a 10-year period found that 14.85 percent of seniors in the United States, more than one in seven, face the threat of hunger. This translates into 8.3 million seniors. (2012-05-14)

Senior moment? Stereotypes about aging can hurt older adults' memory, but there's an easy fix
Simply reminding older adults about stereotypes of aging and forgetfulness exacerbates real memory problems, reveals important new research from the USC Davis School of Gerontology. But the study also reveals a easy way to combat the problem. (2013-07-01)

New EC directive threatens life-saving trials
Europeans should wake up to the threat of a new European Directive, which will make many potentially life-saving studies performed in emergency medicine impossible, warn researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-07-25)

Confronting meaninglessness
You've just finished an amazing dinner at your favorite restaurant and you are ready to put on your comfy pajamas and slip into sweet slumber. You arrive at your doorstep and find the front door ajar. Your heart beats wildly in your chest and you peer in, only to discover that your house has been ransacked. (2011-09-12)

Research links personality traits to toilet paper stockpiling
People who feel more threatened by COVID-19 and rank highly on scales of emotionality and conscientiousness were most likely to stockpile toilet paper in March 2020, according to a new study by Theo Toppe of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and colleagues. (2020-06-12)

Stress diminishes our capacity to sense new dangers, psychology research finds
Being under stress diminishes our abilities to predict new dangers that we face, a team of psychology researchers finds. Its work runs counter to the conventional view that stress enhances our ability to detect and adjust to these changing sources of threat. (2017-10-02)

Greedy algorithms best for multiple targets
What algorithms should an air defense system work with? Particle swarm algorithms if there are ten targets to be hit. If there are more than ten targets, greedy algorithms work best. These findings are presented by researcher Fredrik Johansson at the Informatics Research Center, University of Skövde, in Sweden. (2010-12-09)

Hydrocarbon storage, fracking and lightning risk
Fires caused by lightning strikes on hydrocarbon storage plants are a century-old, yet to be addressed, problem, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Forensic Engineering. In the era of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, this is becoming an even more poignant issue for the fossil fuel industry. (2016-03-14)

Louisiana Tech University professor receives NSF grant to look at gender stereotypes in sciences
Dr. Eric Deemer, assistant professor of psychology in Louisiana Tech University's College of Education, has been awarded a $312,000 National Science Foundation grant to investigate the relationship between stereotype threat and achievement motivation among women in the science disciplines. (2010-09-28)

The insular cortex processes pain and drives learning from pain
Neuroscientists at EPFL have discovered an area of the brain, the insular cortex, that processes painful experiences and thereby drives learning from aversive events. (2019-05-16)

Linguistic methods uncover sophisticated meanings, monkey dialects
The same species of monkeys located in separate geographic regions use their alarm calls differently to warn of approaching predators, a linguistic analysis by a team of scientists reveals. The study reveals that monkey calls have a more sophisticated structure than was commonly thought. (2014-12-15)

Feelings of threat lead to restricted civil liberties
An increased perception of terrorist threat, strengthens peoples' support of measures that limit civil liberties. (2005-05-26)

Penn State to help brush up oral hygiene in nursing homes
People with dementia may soon have improved oral hygiene because of a National Institutes of Health $1.4 million, four-year grant to Rita A. Jablonski, assistant professor of nursing, Penn State. (2011-05-05)

Direction of another's gaze influences how you perceive emotion
Whether someone is looking directly at you or not when they are angry or afraid has an effect on how your brain interprets those expressions, says a group of Dartmouth researchers. (2003-06-05)

Attitudes towards security threats uncovered
New research has revealed a significant gap between what the government claims are the biggest security threats facing the UK and the fears of the population. (2012-11-28)

The overlap between fear and anxiety brain circuits
Fear and anxiety reflect overlapping brain circuits, according to research recently published in JNeurosci. The findings highlight a need to reevaluate the existing models guiding anxiety research. (2020-09-21)

Scientists say volcanoes bigger threat than asteroids
While a giant asteroid may have wiped out the dinosaurs, modern Earth is at much greater risk from a threat closer to home, said volcanologists this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. (2000-12-17)

Brain's response to threat silenced when we are reminded of being loved and cared for
Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat, new research from the University of Exeter has found. (2014-11-07)

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