Fans of horror films like Contagion seem to be coping better with the pandemic
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Everyone is entitled to one good scare – and it may be good for us. People who watch a lot of horror films and those who are morbidly curious about unpleasant subjects seem to be more psychologically resilient to the covid-19 pandemic, a study reveals.
“Horror users tended to have less psychological distress,” says Coltan Scrivner at the University of Chicago.
The research was prompted by a question from New Scientist news editor Penny Sarchet. In a Twitter conversation with horror …