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The movies of legendary English filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock nicknamed the ‘Master of Suspense’ have made our palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years and now researchers have learned why.

The movies of legendary English filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock nicknamed the ‘Master of Suspense’ have made our palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years and now researchers have learned why.

A new study by Georgia Institute of Technology in US measured brain activity while people watched clips from Hitchcock and other suspenseful films.

During high suspense moments, the brain narrows what people see and focuses their attention on the story.

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During less suspenseful moments of the film clips, viewers devote more attention to their surroundings.

“Many people have a feeling that we get lost in the story while watching a good movie and that the theatre disappears around us,” said Matt Bezdek, the Georgia Tech postdoctoral psychology researcher who led the study.

“Now we have brain evidence to support the idea that people are figuratively transported into the narrative,” said Bezdek.

In the study, participants lay in an MRI machine and watched scenes from 10 suspenseful movies, including Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” as well as “Alien” and “Misery.”

As the movies played in the centre of the screen, a flashing checker board pattern appeared around the edges.

The researchers discovered an ebb and flow of brain activity in the calcarine sulcus: the first brain area to receive and process most visual information.

When the suspense grew, brain activity in the peripheral visual processing areas of the calcarine sulcus decreased and activity in the central processing areas increased.

For example, during the famous “North by Northwest” scene, the brain narrowed its visual focus as the airplane bore down on actor Cary Grant.

When he hid in the cornfield and suspense decreased, the neural activity reversed course and attention broadened.

When suspense is the greatest, our brains shift activity in the calcarine sulcus to increase processing of critical information and ignore the visual content that doesn’t matter.

“It’s a neural signature of tunnel vision,” said Georgia Tech’s Eric Schumacher, an associate professor in the School of Psychology.

“During the most suspenseful moments, participants focused on the movie and subconsciously ignored the checker boards. The brain narrowed the participants’ attention, steering them to the centre of the screen and into the story,” said Schumacher.

The checker board pattern was used because neurons in the calcarine sulcus are typically attracted to that type of movement.

By presenting the checker boards at all times, the researchers tested the idea that suspense temporarily suppresses the neuron’s usual response.

The calcarine sulcus wasn’t the only part of the brain sensitive to changes in suspense. The same was true for areas involved in higher-order visual areas involved in grouping objects together based on their colour and how they’re moving.

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The study appears in the journal Neuroscience.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me

  • published in 1967 in the USA by Random House (hardback)
  • 463 pages

Contents

  1. Ahem! If I May Have a Moment— by Alfred Hitchcock
  2. Fishhead by Irvin S. Cobb
  3. Camera Obscura novelette by Basil Copper
  4. A Death in the Family by Miriam Allen deFord
  5. Men Without Bones by Gerald Kersh
  6. Not With a Bang by Damon Knight
  7. Party Games by John Burke
  8. X Marks the Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber
  9. Curious Adventure of Mr. Bond by Nugent Barker
  10. Two Spinsters by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. The Knife by Robert Arthur
  12. The Cage by Ray Russell
  13. It novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  14. Casablanca novelette by Thomas M. Disch
  15. The Road to Mictlantecutli by Adobe James
  16. Guide to Doom by Ellis Peters
  17. The Estuary by Margaret St. Clair
  18. Tough Town by William Sambrot
  19. The Troll by T.H. White
  20. Evening at the Black House by Robert Somerlott
  21. One of the Dead novelette by William Wood
  22. The Real Thing by Robert Specht
  23. The Master of the Hounds novelette by Algis Budrys
  24. The Candidate by Henry Slesar
  25. Out of the Deeps by John Wyndham (variant of 'The Kraken Wakes')
UK hardback

Alfred Hitchcock: Stories That Scared Even Me

  • published in 1968 in the UK by Max Reinhardt Ltd (hardback)
  • 413 pages
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Contents

  1. Ahem! If I May Have a Moment— by Alfred Hitchcock
  2. Fishhead by Irvin S. Cobb
  3. Camera Obscura novelette by Basil Copper
  4. A Death in the Family by Miriam Allen deFord
  5. Men Without Bones by Gerald Kersh
  6. Not With a Bang by Damon Knight
  7. Party Games by John Burke
  8. X Marks the Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber
  9. Curious Adventure of Mr. Bond by Nugent Barker
  10. Two Spinsters by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. The Knife by Robert Arthur
  12. The Cage by Ray Russell
  13. It novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  14. Tough Town by William Sambrot
  15. The Troll by T.H. White
  16. Evening at the Black House by Robert Somerlott
  17. One of the Dead novelette by William Wood
  18. The Master of the Hounds novelette by Algis Budrys
  19. The Candidate by Henry Slesar
  20. The Body Snatchers novel by Jack Finney

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Scream Along With Me

  • published in December 1970 in the USA by Dell Publishing (paperback)
  • 224 pages

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Tagline

  • Alfie's gala feast of fiendish fun ... 'One of the best!' — August Derleth

Contents

  1. Ahem! If I May Have a Moment— by Alfred Hitchcock
  2. Fishhead by Irvin S. Cobb
  3. Camera Obscura novelette by Basil Copper
  4. A Death in the Family by Miriam Allen deFord
  5. The Knife by Robert Arthur
  6. Casablanca novelette by Thomas M. Disch
  7. The Road to Mictlantecutli by Adobe James
  8. Guide to Doom by Ellis Peters
  9. The Estuary by Margaret St. Clair
  10. Tough Town by William Sambrot
  11. The Troll by T.H. White
  12. Evening at the Black House by Robert Somerlott
  13. One of the Dead novelette by William Wood
  14. The Real Thing by Robert Specht
  15. Journey to Death by Donald E. Westlake
  16. The Master of the Hounds novelette by Algis Budrys
  17. The Candidate by Henry Slesar
  18. It novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
US paperback (1971)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Slay Ride

  • published in February 1971 in the USA by Dell Publishing (paperback)
  • republished in March 1981 in the USA by Dell Publishing (paperback)
  • 240 pages

Taglines

  • Let Alfie be your guide into the icy depths of eerie deviltry.
  • The master of the macabre cracks a cat of 8 tales in the nonstop trip into terror!
  • More tales from STORIES THAT SCARED EVEN ME

Contents

  1. Ahem! If I May Have a Moment— by Alfred Hitchcock
  2. Men Without Bones by Gerald Kersh
  3. Not With a Bang by Damon Knight
  4. Party Games by John Burke
  5. X Marks the Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber
  6. Two Spinsters by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  7. The Cage by Ray Russell
  8. Curious Adventure of Mr. Bond by Nugent Barker
  9. Out of the Deeps by John Wyndham (variant of 'The Kraken Wakes')

Acknowledgements

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  • The editor gratefully acknowledges the invaluable assistance of Robert Arthur in the preparation of this volume

Inner Page

ALFIE IS YOUR HOST IN HIS GRAND HOTEL OF HORRORS

He's gone out of his way to make your stay a delightfully uncomfortable one. No fiendish pains have been spared to assure you a perfect night's sleeplessness.

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Every guest is assured of a working ghostly light at bedside, easy access to hot and cold running blood, and a beautifully clear view of unspoiled evil.

And Alfie doesn't even expect a tip. He's sufficiently rewarded by your trembling

'A book as full of goodies as a Christmas stocking—if you like to shiver, that is. The horrifying malignance of John Wyndham's full-length novel is alone worth the price.'
— Chattanooga Times

'Gruesome and macabre ... one of the best.'
— August Derleth

Introduction

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AHEM! IF I MAY HAVE A MOMENT—

I hope no one will construe the title of this tome as a challenge. It is — in case you were so eager to get to the stories that you didn't notice — Stories That Scared Even Me. This is meant as a simple statement of fact, not as a summons for you to cry in ringing tones that some of the stories didn't scare you. Why the word Even is in there I don't know. I proposed to call the book, in a simple and dignified manner, Stories That Scared Me. I was overruled. It seems that Stories That Scared Even Me has more swing to it. And this is, obviously, the day of the swinger.

For myself, I do no more than affirm that the stories in this book all gave me one or more of the pleasurable sensations associated with fear. Some quite terrified me. Some profoundly disturbed me and left me with a sense of deep uneasiness. Others prickled my nerve ends pleasurably, touched my spine with chills, or made me swallow hard as I registered their impact. Some did several of these things at once.

On that basis I offer them to you, trusting you will share with me these emotions, so enjoyable when they can be experienced in the snug embrace of an easy chair in the comfort of one's home.

And now I relinquish the screen to the main feature.

ALFRED J. HITCHCOCK

Back Cover (1971)

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Alfie Knows The Way

That world-renowned explorer of the ultimate in evil, Alfred Hitchcock, invites you on a guided tour of his very favorite fiendish funspots. For the rare horrors he's unearthed for you, the price is rather modest. Your nerves. Your sleep. Perhaps a bit of your sanity. Oh yes, one other piece of travel information before you depart. Alfie's tickets to terror are always one way...

Back Cover (1981)

TAKE A TRIP INTO TERROR....

Alfred Hitchcock invites you to Join him on a guided tour of the territory he knows best... the outer limits of horror and suspense. He's selected a scenic route filled with haunted houses, crypts, and crazed killers. Of course he's always ready to make an emergency stop for murder or a detour for diabolical diversions.

Notes

  • The 1968 UK hardback drops several stories but adds The Body Snatchers

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Links

  • Open Library - available to borrow as an eBook
  • Casual Debris - An Alfred Hitchcock Anthology Bibliography

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