Monthly Archives: December 2009

Touching Snakes

I am currently interested in the ‘first touch’ of a snake and our initial reactions. This video is a good start regarding questions of the ‘uncanny’ hypothesis and also for notions of ‘hard wired’ or cognitive schema for self-protection regarding snakes. This little girl’s reactions are completely unhibited and devoid of any ‘natural’ or indeed socially derived fear. Rather, she is engaged and eager to experience the unknown. It may be important to note that this socially derived event is characterised by an enabling and positive atmosphere created mainly by the little girl’s Mum and others who are present. Also interesting is Katie’s desire to move her face towards the snake’s head, is she taking a closer look or perhaps (below) she felt immediately compelled to kiss it or touch it with her lips for some kind of further haptic confirmation?

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