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The Science and Ethics of Fear

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Why do our hearts race, our knees shake, and our bodies sweat when we are scared? Fear is a universal emotion, yet poorly understood by the general public. Experts discussed the current science of fear, the most studied of all our emotions. Participants learned what fears are learned and which are innate, why we are often afraid of the wrong things, and what fears we share as members of society. Panelists offered perspectives on how our collective anxieties are shaped by culture and at times intentionally manipulated. In presenting both the science and ethics of fear, speakers illuminated the arresting power of fear and the ethical implications of its use and abuse.

Click to download Dr. Fanselow's PowerPoint presentation.
Click to download Dr. Altheide's PowerPoint presentation.

Panel Discussion:

Four featured panelists offered different perspectives on the science and ethics of fear. Panelists included: (click name for bio)

Conan Nolan—moderator

Reporter, NBC4

Michael Fanselow, Ph.D.

Professor, UCLA Department of Psychology - Area Chair, Learning and Behavior

David Altheide, Ph.D.

Regent’s Professor, Arizona State University

R. Lindsey Bergman, Ph.D

Associate Director of the Childhood OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Keith Esparros

Assistant News Director, NBC4
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