Facing freeze: social threat induces bodily freeze in humans.

@article{Roelofs2010FacingFS,
  title={Facing freeze: social threat induces bodily freeze in humans.},
  author={Karin Roelofs and Muriel A. Hagenaars and John F. Stins},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21 11},
  pages={1575-81}
}
Freezing is a common defensive response in animals threatened by predators. It is characterized by reduced body motion and decreased heart rate (bradycardia). However, despite the relevance of animal defense models in human stress research, studies have not shown whether social threat cues elicit similar freeze-like responses in humans. We investigated body sway and heart rate in 50 female participants while they were standing on a stabilometric force platform and viewing cues that were… CONTINUE READING
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