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Tris' Fear Simulatons


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Tris' final fear simulation test

Simulations in the Divergent trilogy are illusions created in a person's mind that are triggered by a serum.

Aptitude Test[]


Simulations are used to administer the Aptitude test and the last two stages of Dauntless simulations. For the aptitude test, the simulations are run to eliminate the four other factions, keeping one as the result, unless the test is inconclusive, meaning that more than one faction was kept as a result, so the person who took the test is Divergent.





The Dauntless helped defend the city from war over the wall. They were also the most brave.


For the first Dauntless initiation stage that uses the simulation, the initiates are given a serum shot, containing a transmitter that sends data to a computer and connects the mind to the simulation, and are put under a simulation of their worst fears until they calm down or face the fear.

Examples of Fears[]

IE if the fear was of heights, the initiate could either calm themselves and get their heart rate back to normal, or climb higher.


For the Divergent initiates, they are aware that the simulation is not real so they can calm themselves or face their fear quicker. They can also manipulate the simulations.


Tris does this in her second simulation by breaking the glass box she was trapped in by merely touching it.

Last Stage[]

In the last stage of Dauntless initiation, the initiates are put in a Fear Simulation. Before going in, they are given a serum that brings every fear that person has to their conscious. Then the initiates must try and get through all of their fears in the shortest amount of time. But everyone, not just the Divergents, are aware that it is not real. Although people who are Divergent can still manipulate the simulation.


Jeanine Matthews-Leader of Erudite- found a way to use the simulations for mind control. She programmed a different scenario into the mind of the person injected with the serum; they are still conscious but are not in control of their bodies. This program was used on the Dauntless to kill off the Abnegation so Erudite could rule the factions. This simulation is also unable to take over the Divergent, who were still all aware. Jeanine tried to create a simulation that works on the Divergent on Four, which temporarily took control, but was neutralized when Tobias heard Tris's voice.



In Divergent, all sixteen year olds take the aptitude test, a simulation where they find out what faction they belong in. Dauntless initiates also go through simulations that show them one of their worst fears that they must face. They also go through their fear landscapes which are combinations of all their fears. Jeanine develops a simulation serum capable of controlling the minds of people, using it to force the Dauntless to exterminate Abnegation. Divergents were inmune to this serum, so Jeanine developed a version that modified the victim's perception, so they could be controlled while retaining their consciousness. Four was the elected test subject, being compelled to run the other simulation and fight Tris, thinking that he was stopping the simulation and fighting a Dauntless soldier, but Tris's selflessness and love reached through to him and allowed him to break free of the simulation.


By Insurgent, Jeanine has designed a long-lasting transmitter that will be able to control the victims anytime. She uses this new weapon to make people commit suicide by jumping off the Dauntless roof until Tris turns herself in at Erudite headquarters. In them, Jeanine uses Tris as a test subject to try and develop a serum that not even Divergents could resist, but Tris always found a way to work around them. Jeanine used the first version of the long-lasting transmitter to make Candor and Dauntless people affected by them her soldiers on the assault of Dauntless and the Factionless on Erudition's headquarters.


In Allegiant, it is confirmed that the Bureau of Genetic Welfare were the ones to design the simulations of the aptitude test, so they could single out Divergents for their own research. Despite this, it was confirmed that Erudite folks like Norton or Jeanine improved the serums. It was also revealed that the Bureau were the ones to give Jeanine the control serum.


Also, she has once again attempted to create a serum that will work on the Divergent by studying Tris, who she believes is the strongest of the Divergent mind patterns. She tested a serum on Tris but still failed, eventually causing Jeanine to be frantic about the answers, which Tris refuses to give her.

Different Types[]

Death- The Death Serum is the Erudite serum, it consists of three main chemicals, sodium thiopental or pentobarbital is used as an anesthetic to induce unconsciousness, pancuronium bromide (Pavulon) to cause muscle paralysis and respiratory arrest, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. The death serum can take from half a minute to up to two hours to kill someone.The death can vary from a clear liquid to a dark murky brown depending on how strong it is. Tris was intended to be executed with this serum on Erudition's headquarters, but Peter replaced it with a paralysis serum to save her life and repay his debt. Still, Tris was exposed to this serum in spray form when trying to enter the Bureau's armament room to try and set off the memory serum. She could resist the serum, but the dizzyness it caused was the thing that led to her downfall.

Truth- The truth serum is the serum used by Candor, that forces someone to tell the truth. It is highly difficult to resist the serum, and only Tris has being able to completely resist the serum. Matthew and Cara tried to develop a truth serum that not even Tris could resist, but to no avail.

Peace- The peace serum is the Amity serum. Its effects are similar to marijuana, dizzyness, alteration of the mood to a positive one and a lack of inhibition. The bread in Amity's complex was laced with this serum while other factions' members lived there, which explains why they were able to maintain the faction's obligatory peace.

Fear- The fear serum is the Dauntless serum. It induces strong hallucinations called simulations that stimulate the fear center in the human brain. Dauntless uses this serum for its initiation, as it is a powerful tool, able to teach the teenagers how to conquer their fears.


How they work[]

Here, it was also explained how the simulations work. The serum they put into the person stimulates the amygdala, which is the part of the brain involved in processing negative emotions—like fear—and then induces a hallucination.


The brain’s electrical activity is then transmitted to the computer receiving the transmitter data, which then translates the hallucination into a simulated image to be monitored.


Jeanine discovered that certain levels of potency overwhelmed the brain and made it too insensible with terror, allowing the simulation to invent new surroundings for them, which was when they diluted the solution so that the simulations would be more instructive.

Tris and Four[]


While studying Tris, they discover that her lateral prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain behind the forehead responsible for organizing thoughts and actions to attain their goals, is much larger than average, but her orbitofrontal cortex, the reward center of the brain, is remarkably small, showing that she is not reward motivated, yet extremely good at directing her thoughts and actions toward her goals. This explains both her tendency toward harmful-but-selfless behavior and, perhaps, her ability to wriggle out of simulations. With this discovery, Jeanine orders an improvement to the new simulation serum that she hopes to use on the Divergent, wherein they will suppress some, but not all, of the activity in the prefrontal cortex, to suppress the activity and damage their ability to make decisions.

Still, Tris managed to break free of the simulation, and Jeanine's research was left moot.


Four's ability to resist simulation control is justified as he inherited Marcus's ability to do so.








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