Live Chat: The Science of Fear

30 October 2013 9:15 am
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Today's guests. Left to right: Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion, and he is the author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self. Emily Underwood is a staff writer at Science.

It's baaaack. … Whether you're scared of brain-eating zombies or evil clowns, Halloween is the time to let your imagination run wild. Many people get a thrill from horror movies and haunted houses -- so long as they're actually safe -- but genuine terror is something most people want to avoid. When fear doesn't subside after a threat is gone, or becomes a phobia, it can be a real-life nightmare. When does healthy fear run amok and become pathological? Why do people respond to threats differently? And is there really a way to "conquer" fear? 

Join neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux of New York University on Thursday, 31 October, at 3 p.m. EDT on this page for a live chat when we address these questions and take yours. Be sure to leave your queries for our guests in the comment box below.

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