Science In The Extremes S1 • E4

This Neurobiologist Swims With Great White Sharks to Study Fear





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Published on Nov 24, 2017

Neurobiologist Dr. Andrew Huberman takes his study of fear and mental health to the next level — by diving with great white sharks. Follow @hubermanlab on Instagram for more about Andrew's research!

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