MARTI Summer School Conference Features Free Public Presentation

Posted on 6/21/2015 9:40:36 PM
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"The Upside of Fear: Positive Affect from Negative Stimuli" presented by sociologist Margee Kerr is being offered free to the public as part of the MARTI Summer School Conference. The presentation will take place Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

The presentation will discuss fear from a psychological, social, and physiological perspective and present preliminary findings from her study "Ecological Emotional Experience Protocol" that is based on data collected from people experiencing fear in the real world.

The Brain and Body During Times of Fear

This study gives us a glimpse into what is happening in the brain and body during times of fear, and how people can benefit from engaging in scary experiences.

Margee Kerr has a PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches. After years working inside institutions studying social inequalities, Kerr made the bold decision to step away from the security of academia and study fear in the real world, namely inside haunted houses.

Since 2008, she has been working for ScareHouse haunted house writing surveys as well as collecting and analyzing data on customers and employees to understand how and especially why people seek out thrilling and scary material.

Created Lessons on Fear and Why We Love It

In 2012, Kerr helped to create, write, and host the Scare U web series with ScareHouse, presenting entertaining lessons about fear and why we love it. In 2014, Kerr returned to the world of academic research. As the co-investigator on a “first of its kind” study measuring fear in the real world, she collected data on how the brain and body respond in real-life thrilling and emotional situations.

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