More than 250 people were asked to study computer screens containing abstract shapes and data and then images known to induce fear or disgust were introduced to test reaction speed.
The study found that people were able to pick out spider shapes uniquely quickly.
Theory - Spiders - Species - Widow - Danger
One theory is that some of the most dangerous spiders would have been species like the black widow, which are small and difficult to spot, so being alert to the danger became a part of an early human’s survival instinct.
Mr New said: “A number of spider species with potent, vertebrate...