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Thrill seekers: Why do we love rollercoasters?

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Thrill seekers: Why do we love rollercoasters?
Thrill engineer Prof Brendan Walker explains how adrenaline and adventure add up to make an electrifying rollercoaster.

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Roller coasters and our search for thrill

Roller coasters and our search for thrill

Rollercoaster rides are closely linked with the physical sensation we get from the world. The rides are successful because they can force an emotional experience.

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People enjoy being challenged

There are four different aspects to sensation-seeking:

  • Thrill-and adventure-seeking, which has to do with a high adrenaline experience.
  • Experience-...

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The rollercoaster design

Several things have to be considered to design a roller coaster ride: The cultural trends in society, novel technologies, and what people talk about. The wooden rollercoaster i...

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Reasons for thrill-seeking experiences

When we experience pleasure, the body releases dopamine that binds to receptors in the body, which gives us a sense of intense excitement. It can be a problem as it can lead to addictive behavior.

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Why we feel intimidated with abnormal things

1. Thoughts like "what if there actually are ghosts" create excitement.  Seeking this kind of experiences may be a kind of logical reality-check.

2. Such experiences may evoke different types of repressed complexes or ideas that we may wish to process.

3. Freud claims that most people are never completely freed from the fear of darkness, loneliness and silence.