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Recreational Fear Lab

  • Research unit dedicated to the scientific investigation of frightening leisure activities

Recreational Fear Lab is a research unit dedicated to the scientific investigation of frightening leisure activities.

Fear is commonly understood to be a negative emotion – an unpleasant emotion you’d prefer to avoid, and one that diminishes your well-being. However, fear can also be an engine in a range of leisure activities, from toddlers being play-chased by caretakers to movie audiences screaming in delight at a horror movie.

The recreational fear lab investigates the conditions under which fear can be fun, social, and inherently meaningful. We use a range of empirical methods and techniques to conduct this investigation. If you are interested in participating in our research (as a collaborator, research assistant, or participant), please get in touch.

The lab’s research activities are funded by a generous grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark in the period 2020-2023.

2021.06.30 | Publication

Do dark personalities prefer dark characters?

New publication by Recreational Fear Lab members Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen and Mathias Clasen

2021.05.08 | Knowledge exchange

Outreach Video for the Danish Science Festival 2021

Lab director Mathias Clasen talks about our research in a short video produced by Aarhus University for the Danish Science Festival 2021

2021.03.05 | People

Meet the Interns: Lauritz Holm Petersen

The Recreational Fear Lab is delighted to host two research interns in the spring of 2021. In this post, lab intern Lauritz Holm Petersen tells us about himself and his interest in the lab.