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Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 Apr;17(4):155-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.02.004. Epub 2013 Mar 13.

The slippery slope of fear.

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Center for Neural Science, New York University, 6 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003, USA. ledoux@cns.nyu.edu

Abstract

'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.

PMID:
23477951
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2013.02.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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