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Hi, my name is Margee Kerr.

I am a sociologist who studies FEAR.

Ever wonder why we fear what we do? Or why so many of us love the thrill of a roller-coaster or jumping off a steep cliff? Well I have, and I’ve made it my goal to find the answers. Since earning my BA at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and my PhD in Sociology from The University of Pittsburgh, I have been studying the science of fear, along with the creative ways we engage with thrilling and scary material.

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“A fascinating account of how fear works in our bodies and societies, and a window into the surprising benefits of confronting our worst nightmares.”

— Bess Lovejoy, author of “Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses”

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