Dominance Status Affects the Transmission of Fear

Fear is a powerful motivator. It’s also a very interesting social behavior that can be either genetically programmed, socially learned, or both. … More Dominance Status Affects the Transmission of Fear

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Biological Evidence that Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

Everyone seems to recognize that overprotective parenting is obnoxious. Most agree that it is probably not good for children. And yet, the trend toward so-called “helicopter parenting” grows stronger each year.           (photo from Time magazine) As recently reported on Vox, the “cult of kiddie danger” has so completely consumed some … More Biological Evidence that Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

Are Humans Predisposed to Fear Snakes?

(A discussion of how fear and anxiety evolved in animals is found in my book.) Some animals are genetically programmed to fear their predators. Mice naturally fear cats; fish naturally fear birds. But what about humans? Are we naturally disposed to fear certain dangerous animals? It is certainly true that some things are feared more commonly than … More Are Humans Predisposed to Fear Snakes?