Why are Scary Movies so Much Fun?
OCTOBER 29, 2016
If you review the list of the top-grossing movies of all time, you’ll see a similar list. So why do so many of us love a “scary movie?” Neuroscientists have discovered that your brain reacts differently to a horror movie than to the “real thing” as induced in the laboratory. The conventions of the horror movie seem to tell the brain that this isn’t real. We may describe the movie as scary, but our brain activity was actually much more similar to exhilaration than fear.