Publications from our Researchers

Several of our current PhD candidates and fellow researchers at the Data Science Institute have published, or in the proccess of publishing, papers to present their research.  


BibTex format

author = {Andersen, MM and Schjoedt, U and Price, H and Rosas, FE and Scrivner, C and Clasen, M},
doi = {10.1177/0956797620972116},
journal = {Psychological Science},
pages = {1497--1510},
title = {Playing with fear: a field study in recreational horror},
url = {},
volume = {31},
year = {2020}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Haunted attractions are illustrative examples of recreational fear in which people voluntarily seek out frightening experiences in pursuit of enjoyment. We present findings from a field study at a haunted-house attraction where visitors between the ages of 12 and 57 years (N = 110) were equipped with heart rate monitors, video-recorded at peak scare points during the attraction, and asked to report on their experience. Our results show that enjoyment has an inverted-U-shaped relationship with fear across repeated self-reported measures. Moreover, results from physiological data demonstrate that the experience of being frightened is a linear function of large-scale heart rate fluctuations, whereas there is an inverted-U-shaped relationship between participant enjoyment and small-scale heart rate fluctuations. These results suggest that enjoyment is related to forms of arousal dynamics that are “just right.” These findings shed light on how fear and enjoyment can coexist in recreational horror.
AU - Andersen,MM
AU - Schjoedt,U
AU - Price,H
AU - Rosas,FE
AU - Scrivner,C
AU - Clasen,M
DO - 10.1177/0956797620972116
EP - 1510
PY - 2020///
SN - 0956-7976
SP - 1497
TI - Playing with fear: a field study in recreational horror
T2 - Psychological Science
UR -
UR -
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VL - 31
ER -