What we want from horror is a cardiac jump-start, study suggests

A study looks at the ingredients of a good scare.

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  • Researchers from a Danish Recreational Fear Lab investigate fear's Goldilocks zone.
  • People love a good fright that stops short of being genuinely worrisome.
  • The study tracks the heart rates of haunted-house visitors.
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    Science explains why we love being scared

    Psychologists discover why people participate in scary attractions.

    • Psychologists link anxiety from ambiguity to why we find some people or situations creepy.
    • A study showed that people who go to scary attractions find their moods improving and stress levels lowered.
    • Scary situations can produce a euphoria and a sense of achievement.
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    7 most important horror movies: Double-feature edition

    Feeling the urge to scare yourself this Halloween? Here are seven important horror films you have to see.

    • This scareful season, make sure to check these seven important horror movies off your to-do list.
    • Already an aficionado of fear? The list offers a double-feature option to pair with each classic horror flick.
    • With apologies to Hereditary, but I haven't seen it yet.
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    What’s Spookier Than a Ghost in The Room? The One in Your Body

    Whatever you do, don't look behind you – because the answer isn't there, says psychologist Alison Gopnik. The real ghosts are glitches in your brain, and in a way, that's even scarier.

    According to a 2009 Pew Research survey, 18% of adults in the U.S. say they’ve seen a ghost or at least felt its presence. An even greater number (29%) say they have felt in touch with someone who has died.

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