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Elite Daily – What Haunted Houses Really Do To Your Brain Is Spooky, But You Can Still Enjoy The Scare

With Halloween approaching, Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., spoke with Elite Daily about how your brain responds to fear.

But how your brain responds to a fear of haunted houses can depend on a few details, psychologist Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., tells Elite Daily. First, Forshee says, seeing as how fear itself is your brain’s automatic response to any threat, the closer that threat is to you (meaning how intensely you feel like you’re in danger), the more it will determine your brain’s activity, she explains. What’s more, if you and your squad are hitting up haunted houses every weekend from the end of September through the first weekend of November, the constant release of stress hormones can cause long-term effects such as difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and even a weakened immune system, among other symptoms, according to The American Journal of Managed Care. In other words, the more you expose yourself to haunted houses, and trigger that stress response as a result, the more seriously your brain — and therefore, your body — will react to it.

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