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Did you catch ACMI’s Psychology of Fear?

It’s fine if you didn’t manage to front up as part of the live audience because the whole panel event – all 90 minutes of it, including clips and other media – are now available online.

Watch below or head to YouTube to see experts Rosie Jones (documentary maker), Professor Nick Haslam (psychologist) and Penelope Thomas (biometrics researcher) thrash out theories around why we might be so fascinated with scaring ourselves.

As the moderator/host, I provide a little introduction to set the context that includes meeting Peghead and the rest of my family…

ACMI Conversations: The Psychology of Fear

I am pleased to be hosting a panel on The Psychology of Fear – Tuesday 31st October, 6.30pm at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne – which will engage documentarian Rosie Jones, psychologist Professor Nick Haslam and researcher Penelope Thomas in a discussion with the audience that ponders the question:

What is driving our insatiable appetite for real-life horrors on screen?

From recent documentaries The JinxMaking a Murderer and The Family to serial killer anti-heroes in film and TV, and the stark brutality of Scandi-noir, we examine our obsession with the dark side of human nature, the psychology of fear and how recent technological advances such as biometric analysis are providing unique findings into our physiological response to on-screen horror.

Watch the event in its entirety

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