Scared to Death… Literally

Earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and muggings have all scared people to death. Sporting events, too, sometimes cause frenzied fans to drop dead. Neurologist Martin Samuels of Brigham and Women’s Hospital explains how positive or negative excitement can lead to a heart-stopping surge of adrenaline.

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Martin Samuels

Martin Samuels is a chairman in the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.