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I'm scared of spiders. I'm not afraid to admit it. I love them in a scientific sense, or from a "let me look at you from way over here" sense, but that's as close as I get
Here's a look at the science of why some of us are afraid of spiders, snakes, roaches, and other creepy crawlies. Did I evolve to be this way, or did I learn to be afraid of them? It seems to be an open question…

How dangerous ARE spiders?

Humans may have evolved to pick out spiders and snakes from environment:

The overlapping worlds of fear conditioning from innate fear:

Doctor Who study suggests that spider fear may not be innate:

Most common phobias:

Adults and kids pick out creepy animals quicker than non-creepy animals:

Children report spiders as a top fear:

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Joe Hanson - Host and writer
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Katie Graham - Director of Photography
Stephen Bohls - Editing/Motion Graphics
John Knudsen - Gaffer

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