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It’s normal to have an upset tummy when you’re nervous. from shutterstock.com

Nervous tummy: why you might get the runs before a first date

When we get nervous, a number of processes occur in the brain that are passed onto the stomach and affect the digestive process. This is a hangover from our hunter-gatherer days.
Visiting an extreme haunted house can be delightfully terrifying. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Why is it fun to be frightened?

Visiting a haunted house or watching a horror movie can be terrifying and enjoyable at the same time. A sociologist explains the psychological benefits of being safely scared.
There’s a good reason why we find ourselves unable to move sometimes when we’re afraid. Konstantinos Tamvakis/Flickr

Paralysed with fear: why do we freeze when frightened?

Freezing might have psychological benefits. Many people who “freeze” report little or no memory of the trauma.

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