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Multimedia: UVM Psychologist Helps WCAX Explore the Fear of Beards

Psychology professor Matthew Price offers an explanation to WCAX of the hair-raising impression created by beards, as recently employed with devastating effect by the Boston Red Sox. Pogonophobia, the fear of beards, is not a unique experience for only the St. Louis Cardinals. Like other phobias, Price says, it can be a deeply based aversion stemming from childhood, adding, however, that “having a beard doesn’t necessarily guarantee victory.” Watch and read the story...