Can Spider-Man save patients from arachnophobia?

A study suggests watching a seven-second Spidey scene significantly reduces fear

It could be an ironic case of Spider-Man to the rescue for patients with arachnophobia, with novel research showing a Spidey movie could be just the ticket for overcoming a fear of the eight-legged creepy crawlies.

Researchers from Israel’s Ariel and Bar-Ilan Universities have become the first to explore whether watching a scene from a Marvel Spider-Man movie has potential in aversion therapy.