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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.

2021.03.05 | 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.

2021.03.04 | People

Meet the Interns: Emilie Schjoldager

The Recreational Fear Lab is delighted to host two research interns in the spring of 2021. In this post, lab intern Emilie Schjoldager tells us about herself and her interest in the lab.

2021.01.20 | Arts

New Essay on Horror Movies: Can You Fear Your Own Fear?

Lab member Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen digs into the psychology of self-directed fear at the movies in a new essay published on Horror Homeroom.