Fear and fearfulness in animals

Article Abstract:

Fear and fearfulness is the response to potentially threatening situations but variations in responses are a characteristic of the disposition of each individual mediated by genetic traits and the previous experiences of the individual. A study of nonendocrine processes involved in responses to frightening stimuli shows that various epigenetic and genetic factors result in emotional reactivity. Experimental methods and conditions to measure emotional reactivity are discussed.

Author: Boissy, Alain
Psychological aspects, Genetic aspects, Animal behavior, Fear, Emotional conditioning

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