The slippery slope of fear

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'Fear' is used scientifically in two ways, which causes confusion: it refers to conscious feelings and to behavioral and physiological responses. Restricting the use of 'fear' to denote feelings and using 'threat-induced defensive reactions' for the responses would help avoid misunderstandings about the brain mechanisms involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-156
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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