Class Code: MK01
Scared Senseless: Fun with Fear
Dr. Margee Kerr
Sunday May 20, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
This session teaches the basics of how, when, and why people like to do scary things. In addition to the science of fight or flight, it will cover the difference between awareness and attention and how to use this to your advantage to design scares targeting specific senses and automatic, or instinctual processes that result in delightful (and terrifying) disorientation.
About Dr. Margee Kerr
Margee Kerr is a sociologist and author. She earned her PhD in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh and currently teaches and conducts research on fear, specifically how and why people engage with "scary" material. Dr. Kerr is the co-investigator on a first-of-its-kind study which measures how the brain and body respond to "fun-scary" experiences like haunted attractions, paranormal investigations, and thrill rides. She enjoys working as a consultant for attractions and museums and is the author of SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of fear, named as a must read by the Washington Post. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Parade, Atlantic Monthly, and NPR’s Science Friday, among other places.