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What Happens in the Brain When We Feel Fear

The perception of control

We learn fear through observation, personal experiences, and through the instruction of spoken or written notes. The perception of control is vital to how we experience and respond to fear.

When you look to your friend at the haunted house, and she's quickly gone from screaming to laughing, socially, you're able to pick up on her emotional state, which can influence your own state.

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