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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