New Zealand Dog News

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December 02, 2010

Neuroscience of Instinct: How Animals Overcome Fear to Obtain Food

ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2010) — When crossing a street, we look to the left and right for cars and stay put on the sidewalk if we see a car close enough and traveling fast enough to hit us before we're able to reach the other side. It's an almost automatic decision, as though we instinctively know how to keep ourselves safe.

Now neuroscientists have found that other animals are capable of making similar instinctive safety decisions.

And my dog Holmes was one of them. He knew to 'hang in there' when waiting to cross the road when it was busy, and knew that he could cross when it wasn't. I knew he knew! 

Interesting article... do you have a gambling problem? Check your amygdala

"In humans, impaired amygdala activity has been linked to risky decision-making, such as gambling. And an overactive amygdala could explain anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias."


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