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October 17, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: HopCat Detroit
4265 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new.

What’s the difference between those who enjoy horror movies, haunted houses or roller coasters and those who don’t?

What is fear, why do we experience it and are we any different from other animals in experiencing and learning fear?  

Join Dr. Arash Javanbakht — assistant professor and director of the Stress, Trauma and Anxiety Research Clinic in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State’s School of Medicine — as he answers the above questions and more. He will also discuss what fears are normal and whether fear and anxiety can be fixed. Join us starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m.

As a clinician, Javanbakht treats people with fear, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including civilians, police officers and firefighters. He also teaches resident physicians, medical students and neuroscience graduate students about fear, anxiety, trauma and their biology.

As a researcher, he studies neurobiological mechanisms of fear, anxiety and emotional trauma to understand changes in the physiological functions of the body and the brain when people sustain terrible traumatic experiences. Javanbakht also studies factors contributing to vulnerability and resilience to emotional trauma, at the genetic and brain levels.

Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events are held every other month and feature an informal presentation by one of Wayne State’s renowned faculty members on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation. All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public and require no educational background. All ages are welcome.

For more information about this event, please contact Shawn Wright at 313-577-4562 or