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Can our morbid curiosity seep into our dreams?
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Horror isn't just about the adrenaline rush; some people learn about themselves from engaging in scary play.
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A movie critic claims that fans of horror movies like Saw are "depraved lunatics." What does the science say?
A recent study suggests that engaging in gruesome violence might be an evolution-inspired strategy for signaling formidability.
Do we really experience paralyzing terror at the thought of death? Morbid curiosity and replication problems with Terror Management Theory suggest that we don't.
Why are we so intrigued by danger, death, and disgust?
Coltan Scrivner is an author and research fellow at the Recreational Fear Lab at Aarhus University. He is an expert on the psychology of horror and morbid curiosity.