The next step in Clasen’s research will consist of designing his own experiments.
“I would, for instance, like to see if the brains of people from different cultures react uniformly to the same scene in a horror movie. If they do, that would support my theory.”
lol. perhaps this guy should be starring
in a horror movie, not analyzing them...
as with all psychology based analysis, the results seem a little too all-encompassing, and ignore certain factors.
for example, if a desire to watch horror films was due to "training our danger preparedness", then surely we would like all horror films equally? for me, schlock factor, i.e. lack
of realism in horror can be just as appealing as realism (which conversely can often seem boring). this would go against the findings.
maybe you could even argue that the concept of watching horror on a screen rather than in real life gives us the luxury of not
having to engage our 'danger receptors', and turns it into escapist, voyeuristic entertainment instead of some kind of subconscious boot-camp where our survival instincts get sharpened.