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Thread: Afraid of Snakes? Scientists Explain Why

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    Afraid of Snakes? Scientists Explain Why

    Fear of snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlers is so universal that most of us probably believe we must have been born with it. It's universal, so it must be innate.
    Not necessarily, according to research at several major universities.

    That work suggests that we learn which things can be harmful at a very young age -- even just a few months -- because we have an evolutionary bias that predisposes us to fear things that have posed a threat throughout human history.

    "What we're suggesting is that we have these biases to detect things like snakes and spiders really quickly, and to associate them with things that are yucky or bad, like a fearful voice," developmental psychologist Vanessa LoBue of Rutgers University said in releasing the research.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/afr...ry?id=12759901
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    I am really afraid of heights. I cant remember being afraid of them until my Dad told me he was when I was like 6.
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    Snakes dont bother me at all. I used to own one. Spiders on the other hand...I cant even kill one with sense. I throw stuff at them if theyre any bigger than a quarter




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    I absolutely HATE snakes. Hell, hate isn't even the right word. I loathe those awful creatures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerdolphin View Post
    Snakes dont bother me at all. I used to own one. Spiders on the other hand...I cant even kill one with sense. I throw stuff at them if theyre any bigger than a quarter
    Im exactly the same way. Snakes I respect but Spiders make my skin crawl. I blame it on the when the Brady Bunch went to Hawaii
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    Spiders dont care... Im not affaid of them...

    snakes and mice will make me scream and run...
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    Snakes and spiders don't bother me, but I kill them anyway.
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