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The science of… OH GOD IS THAT A SPIDER?!
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I'm scared of spiders.
I'm not afraid to admit it.
I love them in a scientific sense, or from a "let me look at you from way over here" sense, but that's as close as I get
Here's a look at the science of why some of us are afraid of spiders, snakes, roaches, and other creepy crawlies.
Did I evolve to be this way, or did I learn to be afraid of them? It seems to be an open question…
How dangerous ARE spiders? http://burkemuseum.blogspot.com/2010/09/q-how-dangerous-are-spiders-to-humans.html#.VECZZNR4pj5
Humans may have evolved to pick out spiders and snakes from environment: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2001/09/snakes.aspx
The overlapping worlds of fear conditioning from innate fear: http://instruct.uwo.ca/psychology/371g/Ohman2001.pdf
Doctor Who study suggests that spider fear may not be innate: http://www.wired.com/2014/01/doctor-who-and-spider-phobia/
Most common phobias: http://psychology.about.com/od/phobias/p/commonphobias.htm
Adults and kids pick out creepy animals quicker than non-creepy animals: http://www.livescience.com/2348-fear-snakes.html
Children report spiders as a top fear: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005796797000508
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