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Experimental research on specific fears

Biological spider motion

The project aims to investigate the influence of biological motion on the acquisition and maintenance of specific phobias.

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Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia, or spider phobia, is one of the most abundant and well known specific phobias. Even though there are many people that don’t feel comfortable around spiders or don’t like them, individuals suffering from arachnophobia are extremely afraid of spiders, to an extent that is interfering with their daily life.

Spiders Facts

Spiders (order Araneida/Araneae) is a collective term containing more than 46,700 different species of arachnids. Spiders differ from other insects in having eight rather than six legs. They are widely spread on all continents (except Antarctica); however, far more species are found in the tropics compared to temperate or cold regions.