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Dying of Fright: what “voodoo fright death” teaches us about the evolution of emotion

January 6, 2020 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

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A brief exploration of the spooky phenomenon of fright death, examining modern neuroscientific explanations for why humans and animals have sometimes been observed to seemingly die from fear alone. Do curses work? Are demons real? Probably not. Instead find out about some creepy things you didn’t know the human body was capable of. No fright deaths will be carried out as part of this talk, leave your amulets at home.

About the speaker:
Dr Eleanor Simpson works as a clinical psychologist in the NHS. She enjoys writing and speaking, and has an interest in evolutionary models of emotion, mental health and behaviour.

  • Drop-in event. No ticket required, just show up!
    Doors at 7.15, kickoff at 7.30

This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


January 6, 2020
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm


The Admiral Bar
72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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