"Monsters on the Brain: An Evolutionary Epistemology of Horror"

Social Research: An International Quarterly (N.4) (2014)
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Abstract

The article discusses the evolutionary development of horror and fear in animals and humans, including in regard to cognition and physiological aspects of the brain. An overview of the social aspects of emotions, including the role that emotions play in interpersonal relations and the role that empathy plays in humans' ethics, is provided. An overview of the psychological aspects of monsters, including humans' simultaneous repulsion and interest in horror films that depict monsters, is also provided.

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Stephen Asma
Columbia College Chicago

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