A biological security motivation system for potential threats: are there implications for policy-making?

  title={A biological security motivation system for potential threats: are there implications for policy-making?},
  author={Erik Woody and Henry Szechtman},
  journal={Frontiers in Human Neuroscience},
Research indicates that there is a specially adapted, hard-wired brain circuit, the security motivation system, which evolved to manage potential threats, such as the possibility of contamination or predation. The existence of this system may have important implications for policy-making related to security. The system is sensitive to partial, uncertain cues of potential danger, detection of which activates a persistent, potent motivational state of wariness or anxiety. This state motivates… 
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