• What’s Going On in Your Body When You Watch a Horror Movie
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    What’s Going On in Your Body When You Watch a Horror Movie

    If you’re a thrill-seeker, you’re familiar with that rush of excitement you feel during the climax of a horror movie. Sure, you know Freddy Krueger and Jigsaw exist only onscreen, but they still make your palms sweat and leave you with nightmares for weeks. “The brain is wired to treat what it sees as real,” Glenn Sparks, professor and associate head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, tells Yahoo Health. “It is very difficult to tell the primitive brain to ignore the apparent reality of what it is seeing, and if the images appear to be real and terrifying, the brain tells the body to react accordingly.” Horror movies can affect your brain and body in ways you may not even realize, so if you have a history of physical or mental health issues, think twice before pushing Play.

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