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Laugh or Scream, It’s All in the Genes

Science!Ever wonder why some people laugh during horror movies and others cower in fear? Researchers from Germany’s University of Bonn think they have it figured out…

A particular variant of the ‘COMT’ gene affects a chemical in the brain that is linked to anxiety, they have found.

People who have two copies of one version of the gene are more easily disturbed when viewing unpleasant pictures, the scientists discovered.

That version of the gene weakens the effect of a signalling chemical in the brain that helps control certain emotions.

The scientists found that those carrying two copies of it were significantly more startled by frightening images than others.

By contrast, those who had one copy of the gene and one copy of another version were able to keep their emotions in check far more readily.

Interesting, to say the least. Maybe now less people will label us psychos for laughing at graphic cinematic violence. Click here to read the rest of the article. But I think we can all agree on one thing… If you screamed during the new Prom Night, you’re just a pussy.

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