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The ethological deconstruction of fear(s)

Mobbs, Dean (2018) The ethological deconstruction of fear(s). Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 24 . pp. 32-37. ISSN 2352-1546.

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The natural world presents a myriad of dangers that can threaten an organism's survival. This diversity of threats is matched by a set of universal and species specific defensive behaviors which are often subsumed under the emotions of fear and anxiety. A major issue in the field of affective science, however, is that these emotions are often conflated and scientists fail to reflect the ecological conditions that gave rise to them. I attempt to clarify these semantic issues by describing the link between ethologically defined defensive strategies and fear. This in turn, provides a clearer differentiation between fears, the contexts that evoke them and how they are organized within defensive survival circuits.

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Additional Information:© 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Available online 20 March 2018.
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Official Citation:Dean Mobbs, The ethological deconstruction of fear(s), Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, Volume 24, 2018, Pages 32-37, ISSN 2352-1546,
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:27 Mar 2018 18:21
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