The answer is:
Nothing is dumber than a NYT Columnist.
A perfect example of that is the mindless regurgitating of an academic study that explores why some people, in extreme situations, freeze in place. The brain activity that causes it, the possible alternative ways to keep that from affecting peoples' survival in crisis situations, and all of that other academic hedging is explained.
Because the academic has explored bold new territory? Come up with novel solutions?
Towards the end, only a hint of POSSIBLE ways to fight the freeze are given. No doubt, this "conclusion" will be used to argue for more money to study the problem further.
Whereas any "uneducated" Redneck could tell you the solution to the problem.
Join the military - particularly the Marines. I guaran-damn-tee you that your "hard-wired" tendency to freeze will completely disappear. It will be replaced by practiced, rote training that overrides your instinctual freeze.
Funding agencies, please contact me for information about where to send the check.