The Fear Factor by Abigail Marsh audiobook

The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between

By Abigail Marsh
Read by Christine Lakin

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10.05 Hours Unabridged
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In this "compelling scientific detective story," a leading neuroscientist looks for the nature of human kindness in the brains of heroes and psychopaths (Wall Street Journal). 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, and, she didn't care about the damage she inflicted. A few miles away, Lenny Skutnik was so concerned about the life of a drowning woman that he jumped into the ice-cold river to save her. How could Amber care so little about others' lives, while Lenny cared so much? Abigail Marsh studied the brains of both psychopathic children and extreme altruists and found that the answer lies in our ability to recognize others' fear. And as The Fear Factor argues, by studying people who demonstrate heroic and evil behaviors, we can learn more about how human morality is coded in the brain. A path-breaking read, The Fear Factor is essential for anyone seeking to understand the heights and depths of human nature.</~b~> span

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In this "compelling scientific detective story," a leading neuroscientist looks for the nature of human kindness in the brains of heroes and psychopaths (Wall Street Journal).


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, and, she didn't care about the damage she inflicted. A few miles away, Lenny Skutnik was so concerned about the life of a drowning woman that he jumped into the ice-cold river to save her. How could Amber care so little about others' lives, while Lenny cared so much?
Abigail Marsh studied the brains of both psychopathic children and extreme altruists and found that the answer lies in our ability to recognize others' fear. And as The Fear Factor argues, by studying people who demonstrate heroic and evil behaviors, we can learn more about how human morality is coded in the brain.
A path-breaking read, The Fear Factor is essential for anyone seeking to understand the heights and depths of human nature.</~b~>
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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A riveting ride through your own brain.” Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author
“This compelling scientific detective story spirals outward into realms that affect everyone. Best of all, [Marsh’s] writing style is vivid and personable.” Wall Street Journal
“Recommend this fascinating text to readers of pop psychology and true crime fans who wish to better understand the minds of potential criminals.” Booklist
“More than twenty years ago, the selfless act of a complete stranger affected the course of Abigail Marsh’s life. Now a social psychologist, in The Fear Factor, Marsh invites readers to join her as she explores the biology underlying extraordinary altruism. Translating technical papers into easily understood prose and incorporating personal stories, she answers the question of why a man risked his life to save hers and reveals the complex connections among fear, altruism, and psychopathy.” Science

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Author Bio: Abigail Marsh

Author Bio: Abigail Marsh

Abigail Marsh is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgetown. She directs its prize-winning Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Runtime: 10.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English