RNDr. Eva Landová, Ph.D.
working at:  Clinical Research Program
v instituci:  2015 - present
telephone: (+420) 283 088 473
cell: (+420) 723 409 406
e-mail: Eva.Landova@nudz.cz, evalandova@seznam.cz

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


Publications (NUDZ):

  • Žampachová, B., Kaftanová, B., Šimánková, H., Landová, E., & Frynta, D. (2017). Consistent individual differences in standard exploration tasks in the black rat (Rattus rattus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 131(2), 150.
  • Landová, E., Bakhshaliyeva, N., Janovcová, M., Peléšková, Š., Suleymanova, M., Polák, J., ... & Frynta, D. (2018). Association Between Fear and Beauty Evaluation of Snakes: Cross-Cultural Findings. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 333
  • Frynta, D., Jančúchová-Lásková, J., Frýdlová, P., & Landová, E. (2018). A comparative study of growth: different body weight trajectories in three species of the genus Eublepharis and their hybrids. Scientific reports, 8(1), 2658.
  • Žampachová B., Landová, E., & Frynta, D. (2017). Methods for measuring mammalian personalities: In which animals and how accurately can we quantify it?. Lynx, series nova, 48.
  • Šimková, O., Frýdlová, P., Žampachová, B., Frynta, D., & Landová, E. (2017). Development of behavioural profile in the Northern common boa (Boa imperator): Repeatable independent traits or personality?. PloS one, 12(5), e0177911.
  • Marhounová, L., Frynta, D., Fuchs, R., & Landová, E. (2017). Object permanence in the food-storing coal tit (Periparus ater) and the non-storing great tit (Parus major): Is the mental representation required?. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 131(2), 115.
  • Ptáčková, J., Landová, E., Lišková, S., Kuběna, A., & Frynta, D. (2017). Are the aesthetic preferences towards snake species already formed in pre-school aged children?. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 14(1), 16-31.
  • Landová, E., Musilová, V., Polák, J., Sedláčková, K., & Frynta, D. (2016). Antipredatory reaction of the leopard gecko Eublepharis macularius to snake predators. Current Zoology, 62(5), 439-450.
  • Polák, J., Sedláčková, K., Nácar, D., Landová, E., & Frynta, D. (2016). Fear the serpent: A psychometric study of snake phobia. Psychiatry research, 242, 163-168.
  • Lišková S, Landová E, Frynta D (2015): Human preferences for colorful birds: vivid colors or pattern? Evolutionary Psychology, 13: 339-359, IF = 1.704
  • 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


Featured publications from before 2015:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.


Other recent publications:

  • Balasanyan, V., Yavruyan, E., Somerová, B., Abramjan, A., Landová, E., Munclinger, P., & Frynta, D. (2018). High Diversity of mtDNA Haplotypes Confirms Syntopic Occurrence of Two Field Mouse Species Apodemus uralensis and A. witherbyi (Muridae: Apodemus) in Armenia. Russian Journal of Genetics, 54(6), 687-697.
  • Kutílek, P., Škoda, D., Hýbl, J., Černý, R., Frynta, D., Landová, E., ... & Křivánek, V. (2017). Platform with camera systém for measurement of compensatory movements of small animals. Acta Polytechnica, 57(5), 321-330.
  • Landová, E., Svádová, K. H., Fuchs, R., Štys, P., & Exnerová, A. (2017). The effect of social learning on avoidance of aposematic prey in juvenile great tits (Parus major). Animal cognition, 20(5), 855-866.



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