Conditioned Fear of a Face: A Prelude to Ethnic Enmity?

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Science  29 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5735, pp. 711-713
DOI: 10.1126/science.1116710

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In his Perspective, Öhman discusses a study that examines human fear responses ( Olsson et al. ). Our conditioned fear response to snakes and spiders--one of avoidance--is the same as our response to a person who is not of the same race. This may help our understanding of intergroup violence.