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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.
- 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.