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Course Highlight: The Psychology of Fear

by Summer Institute for the Gifted
Whether you love or hate all things scary, it’s hard to argue society’s fascination with fear when there is an entire holiday devoted to it—Halloween!

Whether you love or hate all things scary, society certainly has a fascination with fear. There is an entire holiday devoted to everything hair-raising—Halloween! You can explore your fears in the summer too through one of the Summer Institute for the Gifted’s (SIG) most popular courses. The Psychology of Fear returns to SIG 2020 and is open to students ages 13-14 in the SIG Innovators Program.

About The Course

Fear is often a response to perceived physical and emotional danger. Fear can also drive decision-making and behaviors in personal, societal, economic, and political spheres of influence. Analyze the psychology behind fears and phobias to understand how they can affect your life.

Take a global view at how the factor of fear has driven or controlled the course of human history. Become fearless as you examine different techniques and methods of overcoming fear to bring about changes in yourself and the world.

Student projects at Emory University.
“Why do some brains enjoy fear?” Students present their class projects at Emory University.
Students experiment with virtual reality in The Psychology of Fear at Yale.
Students experiment with virtual reality in The Psychology of Fear at Yale.
Students taking The Psychology of Fear at Yale in 2018 research the Stanford Prison Experiment and other fear/authority studies.
SIG students taking The Psychology of Fear at Yale research the Stanford Prison Experiment and other fear/authority studies.
Students perform trust falls in The Psychology of Fear at Yale I 2019
Students perform trust falls in the course at Yale.
SIG at UC Berkeley students learn about cognitive distortions caused by anxiety and how to work through them.

SIG Programs Offering The Psychology of Fear in 2020

SIG may not have broomsticks and cauldrons like Hogwarts, but The Psychology of Fear will run at several program locations in 2020:

  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA – Innovators Program (Residential & Day Options)
  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ – Innovators Program (Residential & Day Options)
  • UC Berkeley I, Berkeley, CA – Innovators Program (Residential & Day Options)
  • UC Berkeley II, Berkeley, CA – Innovators Program (Residential & Day Options)
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, CA – Innovators Program (Residential & Day Options)
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT – Innovators Program (Residential & Day Options)

Don’t get left in the dark—Register early to guarantee your first-choice courses!

Become fearless! Take the Psychology of Fear at the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG).
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Summer Institute for the Gifted

A leader in gifted education since 1984, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) provides academic summer programs for academically talented children ages 5-17.

Through more than 30 years of experience, SIG has crafted a 3-week program that combines challenging academics with social, cultural, and recreational opportunities that enrich children’s natural talents and abilities, as well as nurture their social development.

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