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The Science of Fear

Halloween has come a long way from the ancient festival of Samhain - from which many of today's traditions are thought to have evolved.

But why do things designed to scare us still hold such enduring appeal?

The BBC's Tim Muffett came to meet Dr Annette Brühl, a visiting clinical researcher at the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, to watch the horror film Halloween while his brain was scanned, to see how he reacted - and why. Click here to  see what happened.

Posted on 01/11/2013

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