Background: This article explores horror all the way back to the beginning of humanity. It then diverges into gender specific types of horror in which I was not interested. The information on evolutionary psychology it applied is very useful.
How I used it: I used the ethnographic and historical information and research it supplied to inform and back up my historical claims about the nature of fear and its influence on humanity in the modern day.
Background: This article brings up scientific research that was performed that addresses how viewing horror media can strengthen ones immune system as well as other health benefits. It also addresses many aspects of fear such as facing fears and side effects fear can cause.
How I used it: This article supplied some interesting scientific information as well as some theoretical information. I used it to gain general knowledge on the topic of horror and fear. I only directly addressed it once when i referenced how horror can aid your immune system. Indirectly, however, it helped me form my thoughts.
Background: This article dives into just how fear can help in the long run, and how it can lead to more success in life.
How I used it: I directly reference one of the main points of this article which is how fear builds confidence. I also allude to some of the other points this article makes towards how fear can have other long term effects.
Background: This webpage addresses, more than others, the concerns people have about fear and some more benefits of how fear can be good for an individual.
How I used it: While I did not reference this source directly, it had an influence on my writing and way of approaching the topic. Which would be more directed towards approaching my position with the other side in mind; and to debunk some concerns.
Background: This webpage has nothing to do with fear. Instead it supplies historical ethnographic information about the earliest human civilizations.
How I used it: I simply needed to know when humans began to settle down so I can transition from their starting point as fearful creatures to what we are today, which is still fearful creatures.
Background: This webpage delves into some of the more immediate benefits of fear in daily life and how horror can be used to achieve these things.
How I used it: I reference its immediate health benefits of fear. This article also helped me understand how horror as a medium can be used as a supplement to fear.
Background: This essay thoroughly delves into many aspects and facets of just what exactly fear is and the effects it can have on an individuals body and mind and just why exactly those effects occur and vary.
How I used it: I did not reference this text directly but before delving into the potentially “theoretical” hipster articles about how people are masochists or something like that; I established a stable foundation based in reason. This essay goes into the scientific and statistical aspects of fear. I needed this information before I could pursue many other sources. I can’t not cite this source for it had such a profound influence on my position.
Background: This article discusses desired effects one may seek from horror films. The writer herself claims she cannot get enough of them. She discusses how there are unique experiences to be had when one is not being emotionally connected to the frightening events and that it ignites imagination.
How I used it: Lauren discusses the difference and disconnect of horror on screen versus fear in real life. I did not reference this directly but it educated me on how to view horror and how to view fear and how to view each as their own separate entity.
Background: This article discusses the horror genre in respect to the Video Game medium. It talks about biological reasons players decide to endure a horror game and just what makes them want to keep coming back for more. It is also reflective on psychological and mental reasons for playing the games. Such as an immersive break from reality.
How I used it: I used this article indirectly as well. I simply wanted to verify that horror through a medium other than film can still have the same effects. They differ slightly but not enough to have to address the difference.
Background: Negative can be a positive to people, so says this article. It delves into what exactly makes horror so scientifically appealing in a cognitive sense and some of the subconscious desires it satiates. It also brings up that feeling fear can offer some very compelling insight into the psyche and make-up of the human mind.
How I use it: Again, Indirectly and not cited in text. I gained further insight into how horror can be an enjoyable experience in a more scientific sense than a simple emotional response. This was a very well informed article and was great for understanding the concept better as whole, of how fear can be healthy.