The Fear Factor

The Fear Factor

How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-between

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Grand Central Pub
How the brains of psychopaths and heroes show that humans are wired to be good

At fourteen, Amber could boast of killing her guinea pig, threatening to burn down her home, and seducing men in exchange for gifts. She used the tools she had available to get what she wanted, like all children. But unlike other children, she didn't care about the damage she inflicted. A few miles away, Lenny Skutnik cared so much about others that he jumped into an ice-cold river to save a drowning woman. What is responsible for the extremes of generosity and cruelty humans are capable of? By putting psychopathic children and extreme altruists in an fMRI, acclaimed psychologist Abigail Marsh found that the answer lies in how our brain responds to others' fear. While the brain's amygdala makes most of us hardwired for good, its variations can explain heroic and psychopathic behavior.

A path-breaking read, The Fear Factor is essential for anyone seeking to understand the heights and depths of human nature.

"A riveting ride through your own brain."
--Adam Grant

"You won't be able to put it down."
--Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness

"[It] reads like a thriller... One of the most mind-opening books I have read in years."
--Matthieu Ricard, Author of Altruism


Baker & Taylor
Using the results of multiple fMRI scans, an acclaimed psychologist uncovers the reasons why most people’s brains are hardwired for good and discusses the variations that can lead to heroic and also psychopathic behavior. 20,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

The Harvard-trained psychologist and professor argues that how the brain responds to other people's fear dictates heroic and psychopathic behavior, and disucsses how most people have brains that are hardwired for good.
"At fourteen, Amber could boast of killing her guinea pig, threatening to burn down her home, and seducing men in exchange for gifts. She used the tools she had available to get what she wanted, like all children. But unlike other children, she didn't care about the damage she inflicted. A few miles away, Lenny Skutnik cared so much about others that he jumped into an ice-cold river to save a drowning woman. What is responsible for the extremes of generosity and cruelty humans are capable of? By putting psychopathic children and extreme altruists in an fMRI, acclaimed psychologist Abigail Marsh found that the answer lies in how our brain responds to others' fear. While the brain's amygdala makes most of us hardwired for good, its variations can explain heroic and psychopathic behavior. A path-breaking read, The Fear Factor is essential for anyone seeking to understand the heights and depths of human nature"--

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781541697195
Branch Call Number: 152.46 MAR
Characteristics: vii, 302 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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