Why screams are terrifying


#1

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#2

This is why I want one of these for Halloween…


#3

Thought. Use fMRI for sensing of amygdala activation. Use it as a feedback for a computer to generate the scariest sound. Weaponize it.


#4

Bull.

For me, screams aren’t one sixty-fourth as painful or incapacitating as:

  1. Switching noise from electronics.

  2. Brake squeal.

  3. Ballast noise from old flourescents.

  4. Deer alarms.

  5. Backup beepers, which are worse than a burst appendix.

  6. Check-out devices.

  7. Sirens, which are paralyzing.

For some people, maybe.

Definitely not for everyone.


#5

Next you’ll tell me that I’m not supposed to enjoy them,


#6

Obligatory:


#7

Sure, and opium puts you to sleep because it has a dormitive quality.


#8

Another thing which, after over-application by Hollywood, inoculates us against concern.

I already consider screams in TV shows and films as unrealistic over-acting, as things people don’t do at all so readily.


#9

Maybe I’m just a tin-eared philistine; but how about using TCMS to activate the amygdala? The only thing better than scary stimuli is apparently-acausal terror!


#10

So basically the Fisher likes the piquancy fear hormones give? That’s what they wake me up at 4AM for?


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#12

That’s actually a pretty good idea!

Nothing much on the Net about actual fear stimulation, though, at least after a brief search.

These suck, though they tend to latch on some “reason”. Blessed be benzodiazepins.


#13

The amygdalae are buried within the temporal lobes, though. Not cortical enough to be accessible to TCMS.


#14

Deep TCMS goes up to 6 cm. That could be perhaps enough.


#15

I really want to know how accustomed we can get. We’re capable of associating a pleasant sound with something unpleasant and learning not to fear unpleasant sounds. Psychology can undermine instinct pretty thoroughly.


#16

“Why are screams so frightening?”

Because screams were evolved as an emergency broadcast system.


#17

Well, there goes non-invasive. Somebody page Dr. Black and Dr. Decker; we need to go inside.


#18

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