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Marvel-ous way to beat spider fears.

Byline: MARK WAGHORN

SPIDER-MAN and Ant-man can help people conquer fears over creepycrawlies, say scientists. Seeing them on the screen for just seven seconds slashes symptoms of insect phobia and arachnophobia by a fifth.

The phenomenon may lead to the films being used in therapy to treat those with an irrational sense of danger.

Around half of women and a fifth of men in Britain are believed to be frightened of spiders.

Prof Menachem Ben-Ezra, of Ariel University in Israel, said: "Reduction in phobic symptoms was significant in the Spider-Man and Ant-Man group."

Prof Ben-Ezra, a big Marvel fan, says the film technique could help "destigmatise therapy".

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2019
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