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Coltan Scrivner is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Human Development and a Fellow at the Institute for Mind and Biology at The University of Chicago. The basic question driving much of his research is: Why are people interested in or curious about violence and horror and what do people get from engaging in recreational fear? He uses a variety of methods to answer these questions, including hormone analysis, behavioral analysis, eye tracking, surveys, and interviews. His research on morbid curiosity and the psychology of horror has also been covered by a variety of news and media outlets, including New Scientist, National Geographic, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The New York Times, Forbes, Nautilus, Vice, and Psycom.

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