Science of Fear

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula

Spiders are known to elicit fear and anxiety in some people. This makes spiders useful for studies of therapy to help people overcome feelings of fear and anxiety.

A group of scientists selected for study a group of college students who reported a fear of spiders. The subjects were placed in a room containing a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula at a distance of 10 steps. The trial consisted of an exposure followed by a request to move forward to the next step. The …

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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