Heart racing, palms sweating, skin prickling are some of the things we experience when we feel frightened. So how do humans cope with one of our strongest emotions - fear? Carrie Gracie takes an unflinching examination of fear with René Hurlemann, Lucy Bolton and Liana Zanette.
Canadian biologist Liana Zanette explains breakthrough research on how intimidation changes the ecosystem. German neuroscientist René Hurlemann tells the story of very rare individuals who go through life without feeling fear. And horror film expert Lucy Bolton asks what scares us in the cinema, and why we deliberately seek to be made afraid.
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Dr Lucy Bolton is a lecturer in film studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Her main areas of research are film philosophy and feminist theory. She is the author of Film and Female Consciousness. She is also fascinated by the physical power of horror films, particularly the Japanese horror film Ringu, which typically for Japanese horror, focuses on the paranormal, with a little girl ghost as protagonist. Lucy will be using this example to explore the significance of the female role in horror, and to show how this film genre exposes our vulnerabilities by subverting normal life.