Psychology researcher Armita Golkar makes Performance Lecture about our fears

By on June 26, 2018

Fear is a prerequisite for survival. Fear can also prevent us from living. Where does the fear come from? And how are we affected by it? These are some of the questions that psychology researcher Armita Golkar solves in the third performance of Dramatens and Nobel Centers series Performance Lecture. Under the direction of Alexander Mørk-Eidem. Premiere at the Little Stage on September 11th.

In Performance Lecture: About fear, psychology researcher Armita Golkar tells about what happens to us in situations when we experience threatened and scared. We are programmed to distinguish threats by learning from our own experiences, but also by taking advantage of others. This way fears can spread rapidly between people, and when everything is done, make a difference between life and death. But far from all our fears are rational, or even has with our reality to do. Where do they come from and how can we get rid of a fear that constitutes an obstacle in life?

– I want science to touch people. By using the theater as an expression, I see a unique opportunity to achieve that goal, says Armita Golkar about to performing on Dramaten.

Armita Golkar, born 1983 in Iran, is a psychologist at Karolinska Institutet and affiliated researcher at Stockholm University. She publicly defend a dissertation 2013 with Learning not to fear: extinction, erasure, and the recovery of fear memories at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. In addition to her research and teaching, she also holds lectures for the public and has participated in, for example, BBC, Fråga Lund and the documentary series Social Monster in SVT. In 2015 she received the award as outstanding young scientist in psychology, instituted by the Swedish National Committee for Psychology at the Royal Academy of Sciences.

Alexander Mørk-Eidem is behind the successes like the Djungelboken and The Three Musketeers at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and has, among other things, set up Ivanov by Leo Tolstoy, Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo and now most recently the public success Witches by Roald Dahl.

Contributors: Armita Golkar
Director Alexander Mørk-Eidem
Scenography and costume Jenny Ljungberg
Dramaturg Mia Törnqvist

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm