Fright Factors

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Why are we fearful and what do we fear? What happens in our bodies and minds when we are frightened? And, can we create some of those changes this evening?

Join us for a pre-Hallows Eve evening of "speed geeking" (short presentations and fast-paced, hair-raising conversations) to learn about the biological basis of fear, the truth about zombies, frightening uses of historical medical devices, what fuels our appetite for horror films, and more!

Enjoy snacks and adult beverages as you converse with leading researchers and fellow Fright Night enthusiasts in our unique Museum environment.

21+. Advance ticket purchase required. $20 admission includes two drink tickets and light refreshments.  Costumes encouraged!


Frightful medical tools:

Sara Alger - Director, Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

Fear, stress and anxiety:

Ki Ann Goosens - Assistant Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Capturing the moment of fear in the brain:

Nouchine Hadjikhi - Associate Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Zombie autopsies:

Steven Schlozman - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Lecturer in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Horror through film:

David Thorburn - Professor of Literature, MIT and Director, MIT Communications Forum