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Have you ever wondered why people might want to be scared? Or why people line up and wait for hours to go through a haunted attraction, or gather with friends to watch a scary movie?

Join Northern Tier Library for a virtual presentation where Margee Kerr will share what she has learned through her travels around the world along with findings from her own research that offer insight into how and why people might want to scare themselves.

Margee Kerr is a sociologist and author of SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, named as a must read by the Washington Post. She earned her PhD in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh and currently teaches and conducts research on fear, specifically how and why people engage in “scary” experiences like haunted attractions, horror movies, and paranormal investigations. She enjoys working as a consultant for attractions and museums. Her latest book with co-author Linda Rodriguez McRobbie OUCH! Why pain hurts and why it doesn’t have to, was published in March. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Parade, Atlantic Monthly, and NPR’s Science Friday, among other places. Find out more at

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