Grade 8

 
Three girls watching a scary show and eating popcorn
The Thrill of Horror

Why do we enjoy being scared?








Mexican red-kneed tarantula

Searching the Brain for the Roots of Fear

Source: The New York Times

Do you know the difference between fearing something and worrying about it? How do things that probably won’t do us any harm come to symbolize threats? This commentary from Joseph LeDoux, the director of the Emotional Brain Institute and a professor of neural science, describes the problems that arise when fear turns to anxiety.





Haunted house

Evolutionary psychology explains why haunted houses creep us out

Source: The Conversation

An old and dilapidated house being reclaimed by greenery. Creaky floorboards and shifting walls that seem to groan. Intimidating exterior looming in the darkness. All possible elements of a “haunted house,” but what exactly do we find so scary? Read on to discover a psychologist’s take on the subject.










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