Social learning of fear

  title={Social learning of fear},
  author={A. Olsson and E. Phelps},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  • A. Olsson, E. Phelps
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature Neuroscience
  • Research across species highlights the critical role of the amygdala in fear conditioning. However, fear conditioning, involving direct aversive experience, is only one means by which fears can be acquired. Exploiting aversive experiences of other individuals through social fear learning is less risky. Behavioral research provides important insights into the workings of social fear learning, and the neural mechanisms are beginning to be understood. We review research suggesting that an amygdala… CONTINUE READING
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