Abigail Marsh - The Fear Factor, How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone InBetween

Abigail Marsh – The Fear Factor, How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone InBetween
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Abigail Marsh – The Fear Factor, How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone InBetween

Abigail Marsh - The Fear Factor, How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone InBetween

Abigail Marsh – The Fear Factor, How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone InBetween

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“A riveting ride through your own brain.”
–Adam Grant

How the brains of psychopaths and heroes show that humans are wired to be good

At fourteen, Amber could boast of killing her guinea pig, threatening to burn down her home, and seducing men in exchange for gifts. She used the tools she had available to get what she wanted, like all children. But unlike other children, she didn’t care about the damage she inflicted. A few miles away, Lenny Skutnik cared so much about others that he jumped into an ice-cold river to save a drowning woman. What is responsible for the extremes of generosity and cruelty humans are capable of? By putting psychopathic children and extreme altruists in an fMRI, acclaimed psychologist Abigail Marsh found that the answer lies in how our brain responds to others’ fear. While the brain’s amygdala makes most of us hardwired for good, its variations can explain heroic and psychopathic behavior.

A path-breaking read, The Fear Factor is essential for anyone seeking to understand the heights and depths of human nature.

“You won’t be able to put it down.”
–Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness

“[It] reads like a thriller… One of the most mind-opening books I have read in years.”
–Matthieu Ricard, Author of Altruism

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Abigail Marsh

I am a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Georgetown University. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted my post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Mental Health. I am currently the President of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.

My research is aimed at answering the questions: How do we understand what others think and feel? What drives us to help other people? What prevents us from harming them? I use functional and structural brain imaging, as well as behavioral, cognitive, genetic, and pharmacological techniques to answer these questions, and have over 80 publications in journals that include Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Human Behavior, Psychological Science, and JAMA Psychiatry. I have also authored articles for The Washington Post, NPR, Psychology Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

My research has received awards that include the Cozzarelli Prize for scientific excellence and originality from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The S&R Kuno Award for Applied Science for the Social Good, and the Richard J. Wyatt Fellowship award for translational research from the NIMH. I serve on the advisory boards of the National Kidney Donation Organization and 1Day Sooner, and am the co-founder of Psychopathy Is.

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