A Study in Fear

A haunted house in Canada has a Flickr stream where they post photos from the scariest part of the tour. Check it out here. A sample:

These photos capture a sincere moment of primal, instinctive fear, and seeing hundreds of people's reactions is fascinating. Seems like good source material for a body language study of the fear response.

Also, go Diversity!


l.e.s.ter said...

Amazing. I love how consistent the responses are, the crouching over and clutching at others. Humans must have been reacting that way for thousands and thousands of years.

Although Canada, you could lose a couple of pounds. I'm just saying.

Redshirt said...

I bet these responses are older than humans. If you could startle some chimps I bet they'd react in similar fashion - mouth open, sharp movement, hands up. It's probably default mammalian defense reaction.