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Trick or treat? The psychology of fright and Halloween horrors

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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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Title
Trick or treat? The psychology of fright and Halloween horrors
Published by
The Conversation, October 2015
Authors

Nick Haslam

Abstract

Halloween is upon us. Why do we seek out experiences that we know will expose us to dread, disgust and terror?

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Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 95. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 October 2019.
All research outputs
#191,260
of 14,330,197 outputs
Outputs from The Conversation
#23,155
of 88,029 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#5,604
of 284,911 outputs
Outputs of similar age from The Conversation
#773
of 3,812 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 14,330,197 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 98th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 88,029 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 78.2. This one has gotten more attention than average, scoring higher than 73% of its peers.
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