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KID NEWS: Here’s Why We Watch Scary Movies – Even If We Hate Them

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Psychologist:  Why You Can’t Stop Watching Scary Movies, Even If You Hate Them


If you find yourself having a love-hate relationship with scary movies, you’re not the only one.

Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist explains, “Oddly enough, the brain releases dopamine when we’re scared, almost as if we’re excited. This sudden dopamine rush explains why some people laugh when they get scared while walking through a haunted house or seeing a jump scare in a movie.”

Hafeez says this hit of dopamine is even more enjoyable if you’re sitting in a controlled environment.  That’s because, even though you may feel like you’re in danger, your body knows you aren’t, which, “Therefore, subconsciously, your body allows you to enjoy it.

He adds that some people are actually more chemically inclined to watch horror movies, since their bodies may release more dopamine and adrenaline than the average person. In other words, if you hate horror movies but can’t look away it might be due to your brain chemistry.

Hafeez says another reason you might stick it out through a scary movie, even if you hate it, could be that you like that feeling of accomplishment you get, after you watch it.

Scare up a little more, here:  (Yahoo)

  • An expert says you might be the person that watches scary movies even though you hate them because your brain releases feel-good chemicals when you get scared from the comfort of your own home, and your particular brain chemistry might mean your brain actually releases more of them than usual– also you might like the feeling of accomplishment and bravery after watching a scary movie

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