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Why do we like to be scared?

Posted at 11:24 AM, Oct 27, 2016

Haunted houses. Ghost stories. Scary masks.

Halloween is prime time to be scared. Many love this time of year. The idea of being terrified is exciting for some and truly terrifying for others.

So, why do we like to be scared? Dr. Jason Parker, a senior lecturer at Old Dominion University, studies the science of being scared. He told Blaine Stewart and Jessica Larche on News 3 This Morning many people enjoy the feeling of fear because it gets their adrenaline pumping and produces chemicals in the brain that trigger happiness. It's the same feeling others get while eating chocolate.

Dr. Parker added that "good" feeling is particularly true in groups, where people survive the scary experience together, then can all relate to that survival.