Scientists: fear is contagious

To get a sense of fear is quite real. So say experts at the Karolinska Institute. They proved that the spread of panic in the team – an evolutionary mechanism to avoid danger.

In one experiment, scientists showed volunteers a video in which angry people electrocuted. Most of the people at home that caused a sense of fear.

After analyzing data from several studies, scientists have come to the conclusion that fear is one of the most rational of feelings in a man. If we can see the panicked man, unconsciously they themselves begin to worry and look for the source of danger. This mechanism works in all animals, including humans.

The researchers suggest that the study of mass fear will help in the development of methods of treatment of phobias.

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