Exposure as an Intervention to Address Human Fear of Bears

Publication and Source

Johansson, M., Stoen, O. & Flykt, A. (2016). Exposure as an Intervention to Address Human Fear of Bears. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(4), 311-327.  

Short Description

This research experiments with possible intervention exercises to decrease fear of bears in people who live in brown bear areas. The experiment consisted of two exercises: a guided walk taking participants 50 meters from a brown bear in its daybed and a guided forest walk in bear habitat. The walk bringing participants near the daybed proved to be more effective in decreasing fears of a bear encounter.