Margee Kerr

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United States
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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. 


  • SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear
    “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

  • No one studies fear quite like Margee Kerr. In her eye-opening, adventurous book SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear (A PublicAffairs hardcover and ebook; on sale September 29, 2015), Kerr takes readers from the suicide forest in Japan to the historic streets in Bogota, Colombia and all over the US and Canada to investigate every dimension of this universal experience: what scares us, how fear works in our minds and bodies, why many people love being scared (while others flee from a hint of horror), and, most of all, the benefits of being afraid. From haunted houses to thrill rides and paranormal investigations SCREAM is full of entertaining science and the thrills of a good ghost story, this book will make you think, laugh—and scream.
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