A Haunted House Turned Scientists’ Lab

17:34 minutes

As the sociologist-in-residence at Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse, Margee Kerr has observed hundreds of Halloween thrill-seekers in scary situations. Her takeaway? For many people, a good scare can be an enjoyable, empowering experience. Kerr and neuroscientist Greg Siegle recently set up shop at ScareHouse to discover why.

Segment Guests

Margee Kerr

Margee Kerr is sociologist at ScareHouse and an adjunct teaching instructor in sociology at Robert Morris University at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Greg Siegle

Greg Siegle is associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.

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