Autores: Caio maximino; Thiago Marques de Brito; Amauri Gouveia Jr.
In experimental psychopathology, construct validity is usually enhanced by addressing from other fields in its nomological network. In the anxiety research, this cosntruct is related to antipredator behavior, conserved across phylogeny in its functions and neural basis, but not necessarily on its topography. Even thoguth the relations between behavioral models of anxiety ans statements from behavior ecology and evolutionary biology are commonly made in anxiety research, these are rarely tested, at least explicitly. Homever, in order to increase contruct validity in experiemntal anxiety, testing predictions from those theories is highly desirable. This article discusses these questiones, suggesting a few ways in which behavioral ecological and evolucionary hypotheses of anxiety-like behavior may be tested.