Scientists studied a ‘haunted house’ to understand why we love horror

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    Scientists studied a ‘haunted house’ to understand why we love horror
    A man covered in fake blood is being scared by another man holding a chainsaw and a woman with a scarred face who's holding him down, while a man in a white coat observes

    A team studied how visitors to a haunted house controlled their fear

    Aarhus university

    By Chelsea Whyte

    Horror films and fairground haunted houses may be enjoyable because they let us overcome simulated threats in a safe space, so we can learn how to cope with negative experiences in real life.

    To better understand how we experience horror, Mathias Clasen at Aarhus University in Denmark and his colleagues have been studying how people cope with gory surprises. They recruited 280 visitors at a commercial haunted house in Vejle, Denmark, which was set in a dilapidated factory where 30 rooms had been designed to target different …

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