The New Science of Recreational Fear

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag


Recreational fear finds a prominent expression in present-day entertainment media, such as horror movies and scary video games, but the phenomenon exists in a range of domains and has deep historical roots in narrative traditions such as folktales, cautionary tales, and religious narratives. This talk gives a brief historical survey of recreational fear with a focus on scary media in Western entertainment culture. From folktales featuring uncanny monsters to terrifying survival-horror video games, popular culture brims with frightening imaginative products. Such products provide rich fodder not just for nightmares and enjoyable leisure activities, but for data analysis in the emerging interdisciplinary domain of recreational fear research, which involves both humanistic and social science disciplines such as psychology.
Periode26 aug. 2021
BegivenhedstitelWhen Fear Is Fun 2021: First Annual Aarhus Workshop on Recreational Fear
PlaceringAarhus, DanmarkVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational