Fear and fearfulness in animals

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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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A very fine line: the boundary between good and bad drugs is harder than ever to draw

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Certain drugs are deemed illegal while others are legal and the difference is often determined by history and culture. Presidential candidate George W. Bush is being questioned about his possible cocaine use, while former Senator Robert Dole advertises for the drug Viagra. Still, the War on Drugs continues in the US.

Author: Pollan, Michael
United States, Social aspects, Drugs, Behavior, Presidential candidates, Bush, George W., Narcotics

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'Dig-gity dig-ity dig-ity ja-bah-doh-be:' Savion Glover's feet speak a private language that is redefining tap

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Glover, star of the award-winning Broadway musical 'Bring in Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk.' is energizing the art of the tap dance with new moves and new rhythms. Glover has size 12 feet that are so flexible and trained that he uses them as if they were drum sticks.

Author: Weber, Bruce
Innovations, Criticism and interpretation, Personalities, Dancers, Tap dancing, Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk (Play), Glover, Savion

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