The Science of the Mind

The Fear of Snakes

Evolutionary and Psychobiological Perspectives on Our Innate Fear

Authors: Kawai, Nobuyuki

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  • Presents a series of experiments that confirm our innate fear of snakes, and explains the evolutionary cause of that fear
  • Uses various approaches including comparative, developmental, and electro-physiological experiments
  • Describes the neural mechanism involved in detecting snakes quickly
  • Readers will learn how to use multiple techniques, indices, and tasks including EEGs, visual search tasks, the RISE technique, and infant looking time
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This book provides a series of compelling evidence that shows that humans have innate fear of snakes. Building on the previous studies on the Snake Detection Theory (SDT), the author presents a  summary of psychological and neuropsychological experiments to explain the fear of snakes in humans and primates. Readers will come to understand why and how we are afraid of snakes from an evolutionary perspective.

The first half of the book discusses the history of psychological behaviorism and neobehaviorism. The latter half of the book consists mainly of the experimental studies performed by the author with a focus on three key items: First, compared with other animals, snakes especially draw the attention of primates and humans. Second, the ability of primates and humans to recognize snakes with particular efficiency. Third, processing mechanisms within the brain for snake detection is discussed from a new viewpoint

The book offers a unique resource for all primatologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, anthropologists, herpetologists, and biologists who are interested in the evolution of visual and cognitive systems, mechanisms of fear, snakes or primates.

About the authors

Nobuyuki Kawai
Professor of Department of Cognitive and Psychological Sciences
Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 107,09 €
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Hardcover 135,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-7529-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Fear of Snakes
Book Subtitle
Evolutionary and Psychobiological Perspectives on Our Innate Fear
Authors
Series Title
The Science of the Mind
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-7530-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-7530-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-7529-3
Series ISSN
2192-6646
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 187
Number of Illustrations
45 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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