(Virtual) Knowledge on Tap presents 'The Science of Fright - Why We Love to Be Scared'
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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 fear and learning from it?
Pull up a chair, grab a beverage of choice and join Wayne State University for its first virtual Knowledge on Tap.
During this virtual event, 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 — and Dr. Linda Saab — assistant professor of psychiatry — will answer the above questions and more during "The Science of Fright — Why We Love to Be Scared." The duo will also discuss what fears are normal and whether fear and anxiety can be fixed.
Join us at wayne.edu/live at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, for what is certain to be an entertaining evening. Immediately following the presentation will be an audience Q&A.
As clinicians, Javanbakht and Saab treat people with fear, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including civilians, police officers and firefighters. In addition, they teach resident physicians, medical students and neuroscience graduate students about fear, anxiety, trauma and their biology.
As a clinical educator, Saab is especially interested in training resident physicians. In her clinical work, she uses pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and promoting healthy lifestyle habits. She treats all mental illness, with a special interest in anxiety and trauma-related disorders.
As a researcher, Javanbakht 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.