Fear: Across the Disciplines
Jan Plamper, Benjamin Lazier
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012 - History - 248 pages
This volume provides a cross-disciplinary examination of fear, that most unruly of our emotions, by offering a broad survey of the psychological, biological, and philosophical basis of fear in historical and contemporary contexts. The contributors, leading figures in clinical psychology, neuroscience, the social sciences, and the humanities, consider categories of intentionality, temporality, admixture, spectacle, and politics in evaluating conceptions of fear.
Individual chapters treat manifestations of fear in the mass panic of
the stock market crash of 1929, as spectacle in warfare and in horror
films, and as a political tool to justify security measures in the wake
of terrorist acts. They also describe the biological and evolutionary
roots of fear, fear as innate versus learned behavior in both humans and
animals, and conceptions of human “passions” and their self-mastery
from late antiquity to the early modern era. Additionally, the
contributors examine theories of intentional and non-intentional
reactivity, the process of fear-memory coding, and contemporary
psychology’s emphasis on anxiety disorders.
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EVOLUTIONARY NEURAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
3 HOW DID FEAR BECOME A SCIENTIFIC OBJECT AND WHAT KIND OF OBJECT IS IT?
4 SOLDIERS AND EMOTION IN EARLY TWENTIETHCENTURY RUSSIAN MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY
5 FEAR OF A SAFE PLACE
SECURITY AND MODERN POLITICS
7 THE NEW YORK STOCK MARKET CRASH OF 1929
FEARFUL ATTRACTIONS OF FILM