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27 January 2011

Fear of creepy crawlies is learned

Children are not born with a dread or fear of snakes or spiders but learn these fears very quickly - often from thier parents, a new study suggests.

Children are not born with a dread of snakes or spiders but learn these fears very quickly, a new study suggests.

In another experiment, three-year-olds were shown a screen of nine photographs and asked to select a target item. The children identified snakes more quickly than flowers and more quickly than other animals that look similar to snakes, such as frogs and caterpillars.

 
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