Brendan Walker: Where is the best place to sit on a rollercoaster? © Getty Images

Brendan Walker: Where is the best place to sit on a rollercoaster?

We say our feelings can be like a rollercoaster, but as it turns out, the psychology of our emotions has influenced rollercoaster design from the beginning.

Brendan Walker originally trained and worked as an aeronautical engineer, but now has a far more thrilling job title, quite literally – he’s a thrill engineer.

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He’s been working with theme parks to help create the most exciting rollercoasters, using design principles to craft extreme, human emotional experiences to the rides.

He tells us why people have a love/hate relationship with rollercoasters, the fine line between fun and fear, how to get your thrills in lockdown and most importantly, where the best place to sit on a rollercoaster might be.

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