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Raising the "Reaction Threshold"

Author: Julie Tietz

At the end of this tutorial, the learner will understand how familiarity with situations and preparation can reduce the likelihood and intensity of their fight or flight reaction.

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Terms to Know

A structure in the brain which interprets stimuli as threat or non- threat and initiates fight or flight reaction.


A belief that one can engage in a given situation successfully (e.g. by meeting needs or preventing loss/harm).

Fight or Flight Reaction

A condition in the body caused by the release of adrenaline, preparing the body to flee from or combat a stimulus perceived as a threat by the amygdala.


Behavior which is not consciously chosen but is automatic/reflexive in a given context or in relation to a given stimulus.

Reaction Threshold

For a given person/organism in a given situation, the level of potential threat necessary to trigger a fight/flight reaction.


Behavior towards a given stimulus or in a given context that is consciously chosen.


A stimulus interpreted by the amygdala as harmful to an organism.