Why We Love Being Scared by Horror Books and Movies

Why We Love Being Scared by Horror Books and Movies

Horror is a genre that intrigues us because of its ability to terrify us and poke at our greatest fears. I believe that any mind-provoking book is a good book, but horror does more than provoke—it picks at our minds, invades us, and for whatever reason, this gives us a sense of excitement. So what’s the science behind scary stuff, and why do we love that adrenaline rush of fear?     The human body has hormones that trigger a flight or fight response as a reaction to fear, but when the body is in a setting that it knows …

This Debut Author Discusses the Ins and Outs of Writing a Sociopath

This Debut Author Discusses the Ins and Outs of Writing a Sociopath

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The sociopath in fiction is an amoral serial killer. A monster in human form without feeling or emotion. Patrick Bateman from American Psycho comes to mind. Or every other Stephen King villain. The reality of the sociopath is that they comprise four percent of the population, and most of them live among us, without murdering anyone.   In a discussion with Publishers Weekly , debut author Carola Lovering discusses what she learned about sociopaths for her debut novel, Tell Me Lies.   Tell Me Lies follows a young college woman who becomes enthralled by a charming albeit manipulative womanizer with sociopathic tendencies.   Lovering states: I quickly learned …

Research Finds ‘Getting Lost in Books’ Is Good for You

Research Finds ‘Getting Lost in Books’ Is Good for You

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Being a bookworm is the best thing you can do for yourself. What fuels me to say that? A recent study from the Department of Communication at University at Buffalo (UB) proved that “getting lost in books” has unexpectedly powerful advantages to our mental growth, sense of belonging, social skills, longevity, and mood management.   Image via Pepperhill Elementary School   According to NBC News BETTER, Professor Melanie Green at UB, has conducted a research into “reading as transportation” and what makes it possible to “get lost in books:”   One of the benefits to reading fiction is simply that it provides enjoyment and …

Reading Helps Adult Brains Develop

Reading Helps Adult Brains Develop

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Researchers are constantly finding that reading is healthy for your mind and overall well-being. A new study conducted for Science Advances that focused on the effects of learning to read as an adult showed that reading activates deeper parts of the brain than scientists previously thought.   The research committee taught 30 adult women, from two villages in India, how to read. Participants went under functional magnetic resonance imaging scans to study brain functions before and after learning to read the Devanagari alphabet. Over the course of six months, they learned letters, then monosyllabic words, and eventually left the program with the ability to read and write at a …