A word of caution if you plan to watch a scary movie this Halloween

/A word of caution if you plan to watch a scary movie this Halloween

A word of caution if you plan to watch a scary movie this Halloween

handpumpkinPlanning to watch a scary movie for Halloween?

If you’re in the second half of your cycle–Week 3 and Week –you may want to think twice about viewing a fright flick.

Here’s why:

On these days, you’re more likely to be distressed by disturbing scenes and remember them longer and more vividly, according to several studies, including this one, this one and this one.

Researchers chalk up this intense reaction to frightening images to your hormones:

As estrogen rises in the first half of your cycle–Week 1 and Week 2–it prompts certain brain changes that make you have a less intense emotional reaction to seeing something negative.

During the second half of your cycle, as estrogen dips twice and progesterone rises and falls, these hormonal changes make you have a more intense emotional reaction to seeing something negative.

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By | 2018-09-04T14:25:55+00:00 October 27th, 2014|hormone research, hormonology tip, Week 3, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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