Why do people like to scare themselves by watching horror movies or going on thrill rides?

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Why do people like to scare themselves by watching horror movies or going on thrill rides?

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First of all, it’s important to remember that many people don’t enjoy these experiences, said Jack Nitschke, a UW-Madison professor of psychiatry and psychology. But those who do may be seeking thrills provided by the amygdala, a brain region that controls our emotional responses to salient objects and events. The amygdala kicks in when we encounter something scary, for instance, such a menacing stranger. That’s why it used to be called the brain’s “fear center.” But scientists now know that all sorts of stimuli – including things that disgust us or sexually arouse us – also activate this area, Nitschke said. And once turned on, the amygdala triggers a host of other responses in the brain and body that contribute to our excitement. Why some people crave this type of stimulation isn’t clear. Perhaps certain individuals simply need a more active amygdala for some reason, Nitschke said. It’s also possible that those who routinely watch horror flicks or play violent video games get habitua

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