Why Do Some Of Us Like Haunted Houses?
"Scary movies, haunted houses, and other spooky activities send some people running, while others can't get enough. But what’s actually going on in the brains of fear-loving folks?"
Less than you might think, according to a study recently published in the journal Emotion. After having a voluntary scary experience, the researchers found, people were in better moods and had decreased brain activity overall.
“We think it’s very similar, at least at a physiological and neurological level, to the runner’s high experience, where you’re really pushing yourself and your sympathetic nervous system is in go-mode,”
So, some of us like to get scared because it makes us feel good?
Explains study co-author Margee Kerr, a sociologist at the University of Pittsburgh who studies fear. Once you’re out of the scary situation — one where there was never any real threat to begin with — feel-good endorphins course through the body, she says. “It is a reprioritizing of energy, of focus into the body. You’re grounded, not being caught up in thinking.”
With that, there are two major haunted houses in Buffalo.