Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween links round-up

Happy Halloween! Here are a few psychology-related Halloween articles we've found on the web. Please use comments to alert us to any others and we'll add them in to the post.

The Lure of Horror, the Digest editor explores horror's appeal and why it takes the form it does.

Vampire Apocalypse: A Biocultural Critique of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. Essay by Mathias Clasen - the literary scholar interviewed at length in the previous Lure of Horror article (check out his website for further excellent articles on horror).

Why fear is fun: Halloween special from Psychology Today.

Some people urinate when they're frightened. Other people can't urinate when they're nervous. What's going on?

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Using Science (Wired)

Why things go bump in the night: a blog post on sleep paralysis.

Horror Director Eli Roth Explores What Makes Good People Do Evil Things in TV Special

Six reasons we're so fascinated by zombies (Psych files podcast).

The Neurocritic discusses the pathological fear of being buried alive.

True Blood: The real vampire slayers (requires free registration)

Pregnant women control birth to avoid Halloween

What spooks the masters of horror? Top horror movie makers say which films scared them the most.

-Compiled by Christian Jarrett, with help from @jonmsutton

3 comments:

  1. Check out my podcast on why we love to hate zombies:

    http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2010/12/episode-138-zombies-6-reasons-why-are-we-so-fascinated-by-them/

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  2. I feel it is really important to connect with some of the old traditions (even if this is not originally European). In Switzerland, Germany, Italy etc. we of course also have traditions of carneval - costumes, masks, becoming The Other etc. I think C.G. Jung wrote on this, too.Anyhow, an excellent selection of articles,
    many thanks and Happy Halloween!

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  3. I am fascinated by how the human brain responds to fear or horror stimulus and i am in the process of doing my thesis on this subjet , which is why Haloween is a very interesting time indeed .I hear it is now a bigger (commercial ) holiday than Xmas with more money being spent in a shorter amount of time .Does anyone here have any stats to back up this assumption .If you do please get in touch

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