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Fear

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Know what it means (in a neurochemical sense) to be afraid!

Fear is the enemy that must be vanquished, so animal trainers need to thoroughly understand it.

You will learn to recognize mammalian fear and discuss its stages. You will be able to discuss the fear systems of the nervous system. You will know how to measure fear.  You will explore fear through reading, videos, and online activities. This achievement will be evaluated by a quiz and written essay assessment. This badge is required for anyone participating at Mustang Camp either an intern or trainer.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Recognize signs of fear.
  • Discuss the sympathetic and parasympathetic system response to threat.
  • Differentiate between the sympathetic system stress response and the HPA-axis response.