Halloween Frights Can Have Scary Good Benefits

Text size: research Oct. 30, 2015 Dr. Christa McIntyre, associate professor of neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, said fear can help people stay away from danger, but its neurological effect can attract people, as well. Halloween often is marked with scary movies, gory costumes and haunted houses. According to a UT Dallas researcher, such events provide an outlet for the release of pent-up fears while at the same time helping individuals feel stronger and sharper. Dr. Christa McIntyre, associate professor of neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, said fear can help people stay away from danger, but its neurological effect can attract people, as well. “Some people intentionally put themselves into situations where they will experience fear, such as haunted houses, horror movies and…


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