The Physical and Mental Reactions That Make Being Scared So Much Fun

The TED-Ed lesson “Why is being scared so fun?” by sociologist Margee Kerr explores the mental and physical reactions in the body responsible for why some people enjoy being scared.

At this very moment, people are lining up somewhere to scare themselves, be it with a thrill-ride or a horror movie. In fact, in October of 2015 alone, about 28 million people visited a haunted house in the US. But you might wonder: What could possibly be fun about being scared? Margee Kerr examines the biology and psychology behind what makes fear so fun.