The Scientific Reason You’re Petrified of Clowns


Clowns: They’re colorful, they’re terrifying, and they’re still tormenting people in cities across America. But what are the psychological underpinnings of our fear of clowns (you know, besides the fact that they’re trying to lure small children into the woods and stuff)? Harvard psychologist and noted lover of horror films Steven Schlozman has an interesting answer.

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