Watching horror movies good for brain

Source: Times of India

Horror movies are good for mental health (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Scared of watching horror flicks? Well, its bad news for the ladies who are wary of watching such movies.

Excuses for not watching the movies will not work anymore. Studies have shown that horror movies can be good for mental health and brain of women.

The benefit of watching scary movies proves that it has a positive effect on the mind, body and soul. Horror movies are not completely out of sync with reality. After all, it is the reality that creates fiction. So, watching such movies and relating with them is not a task at all. Thus, knowing it is fiction, a figment of imagination makes the audience sure that it is not real. Traumatic experiences after watching these horror and scary movies are rare because of this.

Research suggests that while women watch horror flicks, the brain secretes neurotransmitter dopamine, glutamate and serotonin. Thus, increased brain activity gets the state of mind alert for a while. Additionally , threat signals that pass through the hypothalamus (in the brain) will stimulate the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline and opiates which has an anesthesia like effect.

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