New Scientist says that women are born with certain character traits that were ingrained in our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The research, published in the New Scientist, says women are born with character traits that were ingrained in our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Whilst their partners were off gallivanting around in loin clothes, swinging clubs at things to bring home for dinner, it was the woman’s duty to shun dangerous animals or anything that could be a threat to their offspring, this is where scientists believe the ‘fear’ of creepy crawlies has stemmed from.
The new research was headed up by developmental psychologist, Dr David Rakison, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. 10 baby girls, and 10 baby boys were subjected to a number of pictures of spiders to gauge their reactions.
The babies were first shown a picture of a spider alongside a fearful human face, which was then followed by a spider paired with a happy face, alongside an image of a flower and a fearful face.
Interestingly it appeared that the girls spent a longer period of time looking at the picture with the happy face and spider whereas the boys studied all picture combination’s for an equal length.
The researchers believe the reason for this to be the girls being confused about why someone would be happy when twinned with a spider and were quick to associate pictures of arachnids with fear. The boys on the other hand seemed totally indifferent emotionally.
Previous research shows that almost 6% of people have a phobia of snakes, with 4% scared of spiders. However, of that percentage, four times are likely to be women than men.