Why women freak out watching a horror movie while most men don’t? According to a new study, it is due to the female brain which makes them more terrified. Pity!
Men and women differ in the way they regard an emotional and unpleasant experience, which affects the response with which that experience is committed to memory.
Researchers from University College London found that women get more scared as they are more likely to anticipate scary scenes that lie ahead. They measured the brain activity of 30 men and women by showing them pictures such as nice landscapes(positive influence) and extreme violence(negative influence).
The study participants then underwent a memory test which revealed that women brain caused a more intense brain activity in anticipation of seeing something bad, while there was no such activity in men.
When expecting a negative experience, women might have a higher emotional responsiveness than men, indicated by their brain activity.
This is likely to then affect how they remember the negative event For example, when watching disturbing scenes in films there are often cues before anything ‘bad’ happens, such as emotive music.
This research suggests that the brain activity in women between the cue and the disturbing scene influences how that scene will be remembered. What matters for memory in men instead is the brain activity while watching the scene