For stressed bees, the glass is half empty.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Bees (Physiological aspects)
Emotions (Psychological aspects)
|Publication:||Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075|
|Issue:||Date: Summer, 2011 Source Volume: 14 Source Issue: 2|
|Topic:||Event Code: 310 Science & research|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
When people are depressed or anxious, they are much more likely to
see their glass as half empty than half full. In tough times, evidence
of that same pessimistic outlook can be seen in dogs, rats, and birds.
Now, researchers reporting online on June 2 in Current Biology show that
bees too, share those very same hallmarks of negative emotion.
"We have shown that the emotional responses of bees to an aversive event are more similar to those of humans than previously thought," said Geraldine Wright of Newcastle University. "Bees stressed by a simulated predator attack exhibit pessimism mirroring that seen in depressed and anxious people."
"In other words," added study first author Melissa Bateson, "the stressed bees' glass is half empty."
Cell Press 12011, June 3). For stressed bees, the glass is half empty, ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com / releases/2011/06/110602122248.htm
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