In this special episode of the bodymindself™ podcast: psychologist and cognitive scientist John Francis Leader (JFL), and the Media & Entertainment Lab of the Psychology Department at University College Dublin, collaborate with television presenter and film critic Gordon Hayden, to explore the science of horror movies.
This event and episode was made possible thanks to the support of Science Foundation Ireland as part of Science Week, and with biofeedback equipment kindly provided by Empatica. Footage was taken at UCD and the main event, which took place on 15th November 2017, at the Movies@Dundrum cinema. The event was directed by David Tiernan and produced by Rokit Entertainment.
In this segment the participants; Crossy from FM104, Lisa Cannon from TV3 and Lisa Higgins from Geek Ireland, visit the Media & Entertainment Lab at UCD to learn more about the science of horror movies and to do some initial testing.
Media around the event:
- Spin 103.8: feature on the science of horror movies with Gordon Hayden, JFL & Lauren Kelly
- Dread Central: Ireland’s Dundrum to Host The Science of Horror Movies Event Tonight
- The Sun / Buzz.ie: StopAndAsk: why we love the dark side
- JOE.ie: Ever wonder why certain horror movies scare us, but others don’t? Then this event is for you
- thejournal.ie: ‘Fear is an essential part of who we are’: Here’s why people watch horror films
The bodymindself™ podcast is an ongoing series of conversations between JFL and others on the topics of applied psychology and cognitive science, experiential learning, perception, virtual and mixed reality, embodiment, mental processes and identification.
The aim of the series is to include the voices of people from very diverse backgrounds, ranging from academia to those working on the frontline in applied fields, with the hope of gaining an even greater systematic understanding of the topics being explored. All references and views expressed are those of the person who expressed them and not necessarily those of JFL.
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Segment: Lisa Higgins from Geek Ireland, Lisa Cannon from TV3 and Crossy from FM104 participate in a live science experiment conducted by Dr Brendan Rooney, John Francis Leader and the Media & Entertainment Lab at UCD.
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