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"Science of monsters" google hangout

Meet the Participants: 

Sebastian Alvarado: Co-founder of the video game science consultancy group, Thwacke! Consulting.

Dan Loxton: Canadian Writer, Illustrator, and Editor of Junior Skeptic magazine. Co-writer of Abominable Science, Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids

Steven Schlozman, M.D.:  Assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff child and adult psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. 

Hosted by Joanne Manaster: Faculty lecturer for the Master of Science Teaching-Biology program at the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois and blogger, JoanneLovesScience, and Scientific American. 

Learn more about the Advisors here.

 

GOOGLE HANGOUT: "SCIENCE OF MONSTERS"
Our Kavli Video Contest advisors Sebastian Alvarado, Steve Schlozman, M.D., and Joanne Manaster joined author Dan Loxton in a roundtable discussion about the science behind monsters, fear, zombies, scary movies and video games.

Discussion Highlights:

  • 05:00 - 07:00 Dan Loxton kicks off the discussion with comments about how monsters embody conflict and threat, on both a personal level and in a larger, social context. Sebastian  Alvarado expands on the idea of how a " threat" is thrilling and fun when encountered in a controlled environment through a movie or game.
  • 07:00 -  09:00  Steve Schlozman discusses research on adolescent development in the context of  the individual's reactions to scary movies and rides.
  • 12:00 -  17:00  Steve Schlozman answers why zombies are so fascinating and what makes them tick biologically.
  • 21:00 -  29:00  Sebastian Alvarado talks about how his consultancy company Thwacke brings science expertise to help improve the plausibility of  video games narratives. He also discusses how neuroscientists can help improve a game's "scare" factor with their knowledge of "fight or flight', anxiety, surprise, and fear responses. Sebastian analyzes how "Amnesia", a survival horror game, effectively manipulates the player's sense of control, power, and fear. 
  • 37:00 -  40:00   Dan Luxton talks about  the history of monsters in the storytelling tradition, and cryptids, and how the study of cryptozoology has evolved. 
  • 48:00 -  49:00   Dan Luxton and Steve Schlozman discuss why some people believe in the supernatural 
  • 50:00 -  54:00   Audience questions are answered  
  • 55:00  -  58:00  Concluding and inspiring comments about nature, science, and the imagination.     

  

Read our "Science in Fiction" Video Contest Blog

 

 

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