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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
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (81st percentile)

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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 97. 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 31 October 2018.
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#142,278
of 12,433,943 outputs
Outputs from The Conversation
#15,910
of 69,793 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#5,010
of 271,066 outputs
Outputs of similar age from The Conversation
#723
of 3,809 outputs
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So far Altmetric has tracked 69,793 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 71.0. This one has done well, scoring higher than 77% of its peers.
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We're also able to compare this research output to 3,809 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has done well, scoring higher than 81% of its contemporaries.