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Researchers To Study Girls Afraid Of Spiders

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An Austrian university is looking for girls who recoil at the sight of spiders. They want to research how fear affects the processes of the brain.


Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Okay, Little Miss Muffet was scared of spiders; we know that. Now, scientists in Austria want to figure out what was happening inside her brain. Researchers at the University of Graz have put out a call for girls, ages 8 to 13, who are too frightened to even look at the eight-legged creatures. They want to study the girls' brainwaves while they're shown pictures of spiders. Researchers hope to come up with phobia treatments. The girls will be given fear therapy.


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