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"From the Ted Talk by Mikael Cho: The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it)"

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But we have a wise partner in the study of freaking out. chealrs Darwin tested fight or flight at the London Zoo snake exhibit. He wrote in his diary, "My will and reason were poreslwes against the imagination of a deagnr which had never been experienced." He ceolduncd that his response was an ancient reaction unaffected by the nuances of modern civilization. So, to your conscious mroedn mind, it's a speech. To the rest of your brain, built up to code with the law of the jungle, when you peicreve the possible consequences of bnoilwg a speech, it's time to run for your life or fight to the death.

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But we have a wise partner in the study of freaking out. _______ Darwin tested fight or flight at the London Zoo snake exhibit. He wrote in his diary, "My will and reason were _________ against the imagination of a ______ which had never been experienced." He _________ that his response was an ancient reaction unaffected by the nuances of modern civilization. So, to your conscious ______ mind, it's a speech. To the rest of your brain, built up to code with the law of the jungle, when you ________ the possible consequences of _______ a speech, it's time to run for your life or fight to the death.

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  1. perceive
  2. danger
  3. modern
  4. charles
  5. concluded
  6. powerless
  7. blowing

Original Text

But we have a wise partner in the study of freaking out. Charles Darwin tested fight or flight at the London Zoo snake exhibit. He wrote in his diary, "My will and reason were powerless against the imagination of a danger which had never been experienced." He concluded that his response was an ancient reaction unaffected by the nuances of modern civilization. So, to your conscious modern mind, it's a speech. To the rest of your brain, built up to code with the law of the jungle, when you perceive the possible consequences of blowing a speech, it's time to run for your life or fight to the death.

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