Episode 31 Sources: Spooky Movie Science

Do you enjoy scary movies? Have you ever wondered why that is? In this episode we chat about what science has to say about why scary movies are so enjoyable, and what is happening to your body while you watch them. We discuss a list of the top 20 scariest movies and give our rankings. Whether you are a fan of psychological thrillers or prefer a classic slasher, this episode is for you! You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2020/10/these-are-the-scariest-horror-movies-according-to-science/
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbean/2020/10/17/what-is-the-scariest-movie-ever-well-science-now-has-an-answer-to-that-question/?sh=1e7e19ad56a2
  3. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02298/full
  4. https://now.tufts.edu/articles/why-do-we-horror-movies
  5. https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2017/october/fear
  6. https://news.usc.edu/151096/why-do-we-like-to-be-scared-usc-experts-explain-the-science-of-fright/
  7. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anxiety-love-watching-horror-movies_l_5d277587e4b02a5a5d57b59e
  8. https://read.dukeupress.edu/poetics-today/article-abstract/25/2/283/20819/I-ll-Never-Have-a-Clown-in-My-House-Why-Movie?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Spooky Movie Science

Do you enjoy scary movies? Have you ever wondered why that is? In this episode we chat about what science has to say about why scary movies are so enjoyable, and what is happening to your body while you watch them. We discuss a list of the top 20 scariest movies and attempt to rank them ourselves. Whether you are a fan of psychological thrillers or prefer a classic slasher, this episode is for you!

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at www.spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.

Episode 22 Sources: The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan, Part 2

This episode is the second half of our two-part series on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Most of us have heard of Amelia Earhart but as prominent as she is in the history books there is still a ton of uncertainty surrounding what happened to her. Last time, we focused on the details of the trip and the possibility that she and Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean. In this episode, we review some of the other popular hypotheses about what befell the famous pilot and her navigator. You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: Vanished: Amelia Earhart; Astonishing Legends, Episodes 4 & 5: Amelia Earhart Vanishes Parts 1 & 2

The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan, Part 2

This episode is the second half of our two-part series on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Most of us have heard of Amelia Earhart but as prominent as she is in the history books there is still a ton of uncertainty surrounding what happened to her. Last time, we focused on the details of the trip and the possibility that she and Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean. In this episode, we review some of the other popular hypotheses about what befell the famous pilot and her navigator. 

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the podcast by buying us a “spirit” here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpookySciPod

Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.

Episode 21 Sources: The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan, Part 1

This episode is the first of a two part series on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Most of us have heard of Amelia Earhart, but as prominent as she is in the history books, there is still a ton of uncertainty and speculation surrounding her 1937 disappearance. What actually happened to her and her navigator, Fred Noonan? Did they survive their plane crash? Did Earhart change her name to Irene Bolam? We will attempt to answer these questions, explore the evidence that exists, and talk about what we think the most credible hypotheses are. You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: Vanished: Amelia Earhart; Astonishing Legends, Episodes 4 & 5: Amelia Earhart Vanishes Parts 1 & 2

The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan, Part 1

This episode is the first of a two part series on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Most of us have heard of Amelia Earhart, but as prominent as she is in the history books, there is still a ton of uncertainty and speculation surrounding her 1937 disappearance. What actually happened to her and her navigator, Fred Noonan? Did they survive their plane crash? Did Earhart change her name to Irene Bolam? We will attempt to answer these questions, explore the evidence that exists, and talk about what we think the most credible hypotheses are. 

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the podcast by buying us a “spirit” here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SpookySciPod

Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.

Episode 19 Sources: Distressingly Squishy – Zombie Science with Rebecca Gibson

In this episode, we are joined by bio-anthropologist Dr. Rebecca Gibson (@RGibsonGirl on Twitter) to discuss the origins of zombie stories and what might need to happen to make one in real life. From stories of brain-control with tetrodotoxin in Haiti to the possibility of transmissible brain cancer, there’s a lot of cool science to unpack! You can find out more info about Rebecca and her books on her Amazon author page at www.amazon.com/author/rebeccagibsonbioanthro.

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: StarTalk, “The Science of Zombies and the Walking Dead“; Haunted Talks, Episode 47, “The Science of Zombies“; The Folklore Podcast, Episode 7, “Glitter and Gravedust

Distressingly Squishy: Zombie Science with Rebecca Gibson

Most people think that zombies of the brain-eating type that are commonly depicted in pop culture aren’t real, and we would have to agree with you, but we want to know if real-life zombies are possible! In this episode we are joined by bio-anthropologist Dr. Rebecca Gibson (@RGibsonGirl on Twitter) to discuss the origins of zombie stories and what might need to happen to actually zombify someone. 

You can find out more info about Rebecca and her books on her Amazon author page at www.amazon.com/author/rebeccagibsonbioanthro.

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.

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Episode 18 Sources: This Is Your Brain On Aliens

We’re back on the alien train, folks! In this episode, Paige tells us about her husband’s “alien abduction” experience, and we discuss the science and psychology that may be behind your favorite ET encounter stories, from sleep paralysis to recovered memories from surgeries gone wrong. The only thing we know for sure is that your brain is a very weird place! You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: Strange Arrivals, Episode 11, “Extraordinary Claims”

This Is Your Brain On Aliens

Have you or has somebody you know had an alien abduction experience? In this episode we will talk about Paige’s husband’s experience and discuss what could be behind your favorite alien abduction stories, from sleep paralysis to recovered memories from a surgery gone wrong. The only thing we know for sure is that your brain is a very weird place!

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.

Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.