prof. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, Ph.D.
working at:  RP3 Applied Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
v instituci:  2015 - present
telephone: (+420) 283 088 473, (+420) 283 088 472

Our working group studies human relationships with animals, which, due to a long coevolutionary history, represent important psychological stimuli for us. Our attention paid to animals is prioritized and they evoke a scale of emotional reactions in us, both positive and negative. One such emotion is fear, which leads to avoidance. Clinical dimension of fear is called phobia, which is a type of anxiety disorder characterised by excessive, unreasonable fear of various objects or situations. This can make life extremely difficult for both the phobic patients and their families and considerably lower their overall psychological well-being. Fear of animals is one of the most common and persistent phobias in human subjects with a life-time prevalence 3.3-5.7%.

 Our group focuses on research of specific animal phobias, and positive and negative emotions that animals evoke in humans.

Main focus of our research team:

  • Neural basis of prioritized stimuli perception
  • Mechanism of animal phobias
  • Evolutionary phenomenon of snake fear
  • Antipredatory response to snake stimuli

For more information about our group's research, please, click here: Working group on emotions and phobias triggered by animals


Featured papers:

  • Lišková S, Landová E, Frynta D (2015): Human preferences for colorful birds: vivid colors or pattern? Evolutionary Psychology, 13: 339-359, IF = 1.704
  • Polák J, Mareš V, Konrád R, Frynta D (2015): Offspring sex ratio in domestic goats: Trivers-Willard out of natural selection. Czech Journal of Animal Science, 60: 208-215
  • Weiss L, Brandl P, Frynta D: (2015) Fear reactions to snakes in naïve mouse lemurs and pig-tailed macaques. Primates 56, Online First, IF = 1.395
  • Frynta D, Balaďová M, Eliášová B, Lišková S, Landová E: (2015) Why not to avoid the smell of danger? Unexpected behavior of the Cypriot mouse surviving on the island invaded by black rats. Current Zoology, 61(4), Online First, IF = 1.814
  • Frynta, D., Landová, E., & Lišková, S. (2014): Animal Beauty, Cross-Cultural Perceptions. In: Michalos, A. C. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Landová, E., Lišková, S., Frynta, D. (2014): Je krása zvířat vstupenkou na archu Noemovu? In: Dadejík, O., Jaroš, F. and Kaplický, M. (eds.): Krása a zvíře. Studie o vztahu estetických a etických hodnot zvířat, Dokořán, Praha: 33-102.
  • Frynta, D., Šimková, O., Lišková, S., & Landová, E. (2013): Mammalian collection on Noah's Ark: the effects of beauty, brain and body size. PLoS ONE, 8, e63110.
  • Frynta, D., Marešová, E., Landová, E., Lišková, S., Šimková, O., Tichá, I., Zelenková, M., & Fuchs, R. (2009): Are Animals in Zoos Rather Conspicuous than Endangered? In: Columbus A.M. and Kuznetsov (eds.): Endangered Species - New Research, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York: 299-341
  • Frynta D., Lišková, S., Bültmann, S., & Burda, H. (2010): Being Attractive Brings Advantages: The Case of Parrot Species in Captivity. PLoS ONE 5(9), e12568.
  • Lišková, S., & Frynta, D. (2013): What determines bird beauty in human eyes? Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 26, 27–41.
  • Landová, E., Marešová, J., Šimková, O., Cikánová, V., & Frynta, D. (2012). Human responses to live snakes and their photographs: evaluation of beauty and fear of the king snakes. Journal of environmental psychology, 32, 69-77.
  • Frynta, D., Marešová, J., Řeháková-Petrů, M., Šklíba, J., Šumbera, R., & Krása, A. (2011). Cross-cultural agreement in perception of animal beauty: Boid snakes viewed by people from five continents. Human Ecology, 39, 829-834.
  • Marešová, J., Landová, E., & Frynta, D. (2009). What makes some species of milk snakes more attractive to humans than others?. Theory in Biosciences, 128, 227-235.

Teaching activities

present: Sociobiology and behavioural ecology
present: Sociobiology of humans and other primates
present: Ethology and sociobiology
present: Ecomorphology and evolutionary ecology
present: Ecology of amphibians and reptiles


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RP1 Experimental Neurobiology RP2 Public Mental Health RP3 Applied Neuroscience and Neuroimaging RP4 Epidemiological and Clinical Research in Addictions RP5 Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology RP6 Brain Electrophysiology RP7 Clinical Research of Mental Disorders RP8 Translational Neuroscience International Cooperation Department AD Centrum Publications Ongoing Projects Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Research Ethics Commission Postgraduate Students Conferences & Seminars Awards International Course 2015
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