Some people are afraid of rollercoasters and others are afraid of heights, but when it comes to creepy-crawlies, most of us have something in common. Whether it's snakes, spiders, or cockroaches, they have a distinctive knack for sending chills down our spines and making our hearts race. Animal-based phobias are so common that there are entire movies made about them ("Arachnophobia," anyone?) But why are these reactions so universal, and what exactly causes them? A recent study set out to answer that question.
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Written by Julia Wilde July 19, 2019
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