Cortisol administration after exposure has no beneficial effects for patients suffering from phobias or anxiety disorders. Arachnophobics who received cortisol following exposure were more likely to relapse when they encountered spiders in a different context.
Study reports people with insect phobias reported a 20% reduction in symptoms following seven-seconds of exposure to the superhero movies Spiderman and Antman.
Researchers report the effect of exposure therapy can be improved by disrupting the recreation of fear memories in arachnophobes.
According to a new study, arachnophobes are more likely to over-estimate the size of a spider compared to neutral animals.