The Science Behind Our Favorite Scary Games
As Halloween draws nearer, I thought I’d share with all of you an article I found the other day explaining the science of scary games we used to play at sleepovers or just for fun with friends. It explains six tricks that science played on us in games like “Bloody Mary”, “Light as a Feather, Thick as a Board”, and the use of Ouija boards. The majority of these explanations surprised me, as I had no idea about some of the mentioned scientific laws that have been proven through experiments.
The one game that I had always argued with my friends about was the Ouija board. While some of my friends have said that they are afraid of them and that they believe in the spirits that the board claims to summon, or that they think that people cheat at it, I have always maintained that the game plays with the human mind’s subconscious. For those of you who have never used one, a Ouija board attempts to “contact the dead” through a board with letters and “yes” and “no” written on it. The players place their fingers on a triangle board piece that has a circle of glass in the center. Players ask the board questions about their future or the ghost’s life or anything they want really, and then they feel the triangle move to letters that spell out an answer to the question. Friends who play often accuse the other players of moving the piece but everyone usually claims that they did not. According to the article, players really aren’t willingly moving it, just like they say. Instead, their subconscious moves their muscles to the answer that they are thinking of, even though they may not be aware of that thought. It explains that your body often moves on a sort of auto-pilot, moving without your express permission.
I was excited to see that what I have always thought was correct, and interested in learning the other sciences behind certain games. I hope some of you were surprised as well, or if not, proven correct in your own assumptions about these games.