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A state of high negative emotional arousal triggered by an impending threat (real or imaginary) and generally associated with the flight or fight response. Fear is the activation of the brain’s defensive motivational system to promote behaviors that protect the organism from perceived danger. Normal fear involves a pattern of adaptive responses to conditioned or unconditioned threat stimuli (exteroceptive or interoceptive). Fear can involve internal representations and cognitive processing, and can be modulated by a variety of factors.
Synonyms: acute threat
Emotion
CTorgerson about five years ago.

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Tasks that are asserted to measure fear

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Early Childhood Behavioral Questionnaire
  • fear
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PDD Behavior Inventory
  • specific fears
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Child Behavior Checklist
  • post traumatic stress problems
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brief symptom inventory
  • phobia
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adolescent symptom inventory
  • Specific Phobia - Severity Score
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  • PTSD - Severity Score
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NPU-threat test
  • P cue–no cue P
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User Discussion


"Initial definition retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fear"
NPicchetti (about seven years ago)

Term History

REVISION 6

Definition contributed by CTorgerson about five years ago:A state of high negative emotional arousal triggered by an impending threat (real or imaginary) and generally associated with the flight or fight response.

REVISION 5

Definition contributed by RPoldrack about six years ago:A state of high negative emotional arousal triggered by an impending threat (real or imaginary) and generally associated with the flight or fight response.

REVISION 4

Definition contributed by TDavis about six years ago:A state of high negative emotional arousal triggered by an impending threat (real or imaginary) and generally associated with the flight or fight response.

REVISION 3

Definition contributed by BGregory about seven years ago:to have a reverential awe of; to be afraid of.

REVISION 2

Definition contributed by BGregory about eight years ago:to have a reverential awe of; to be afraid of. (from merriam-webster.com)

REVISION 1

Definition contributed by SAdministrator about nine years ago:No definition submitted yet

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