When Fear Is Fun: An Evolutionary Approach to Scary Entertainment

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

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Mathias Clasen - Foredragsholder

Fear and anxiety evolved to protect us from harm, to motivate avoidance or aggressive behavior in the face of hazards. Why, then, do many people willingly expose themselves to horrifying sensations in film, literature, and computer games? Feeling afraid doesn't feel good, that's the whole point of negative emotion. In this talk, I argue that an evolutionary understanding of the biological underpinnings of negative emotion is necessary to understanding the functions and the attractions of scary entertainment. Fear can be fun when there is no actual danger. Yet to fully comprehend the social functions and historical development of horror entertainment, an integrated biocultural approach is called for. Feel free to bring lunch, but be prepared for unappetizing images of rotting zombies and homicidal clowns with mouthfuls of fangs.
6 mar. 2014

Begivenhed (Seminar)

TitelReligion, Cognition and Culture lunch seminar

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