OPINION - Tech & Science Daily podcast: The Science of Fear | Halloween special

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What's the best scary movie to watch on Halloween?

Do we lack empathy if we enjoy horror?

Behavioural scientist Coltan Scrivner, from the Recreational Fear Lab, explains the science behind our fascination with fear.

In this episode:

  • What is morbid curiosity?

  • How our bodies react to horror

  • Why are we drawn to shows like Terrifier 2 and Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

  • Do we lack empathy if we like scary films?

  • Recurring themes in horror movies and why they’re used

  • The morbid films a behavioural scientist watches…

  • Can horror have a bad impact on our mental health, or is it beneficial?

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