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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 (97th percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (78th 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 90. 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 2017.
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#138,013
of 11,625,841 outputs
Outputs from The Conversation
#15,201
of 61,838 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#5,409
of 248,901 outputs
Outputs of similar age from The Conversation
#805
of 3,808 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 11,625,841 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 61,838 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 69.3. This one has done well, scoring higher than 75% of its peers.
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We're also able to compare this research output to 3,808 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has done well, scoring higher than 78% of its contemporaries.