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What do we call the ability of brain to sense and respond to danger and fear?



This question is part of Psychology 101: The Brain
Asked by Levaque, Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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M. Krasinski

M. Krasinski

M. Krasinski
M. Krasinski, Content Writer, Columbus

Answered Jul 25, 2018

It is a vital human response to sense danger and to respond with fear. We have what is called a 'flight or fight' reaction to threat. In the amygdala, sited in the temporal lobe region of the brain, a frightening stimulus causes excitation.

This causes release of stress hormones, and various bodily changes such as pupil dilation, breathing rate, a rush of blood flow and glucose to the skeletal regions, all of these preparing us to react with a swift escape or an angry attack. Also, the hippocampus - related to the amygdala - is alerted. This area of the brain is involved in interpreting the threat. The fight or flight process is vital to our well-being and appears to be hard-wired into our neural mechanism.

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John Adney

John Adney

John Adney
John Adney

Answered Mar 10, 2017

Responsible for production and regulation of emotions.
idiots just complete idiots.
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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered Dec 05, 2016

Amygdala
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