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University experts explain bubble phobia
UNIVERSITY experts have published new research which explains why some people are scared of soap bubbles or aerated chocolate.
And they have found it is actually logical - based on an evolutionary fear of poisonous animals.
New research has been carried out by visual science experts Dr Geoff Cole and Prof Arnold Wilkins from the University of Essex into trypophobia - the fear of holes.
The experts analysed images of animals including the blue-ringed octopus, deathstalker scorpion and king cobra snake.
And they concluded trypophobia may have an evolutionary basis. They believe the fear of clusters of holes, such as those found in bubbles and Maltesers, could be triggered by dangerous animals’ features which humans have learned to avoid as a matter of survival.
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