Biology’s role in horror music- NPR

“Through a serendipitous experience I had, I was holding a baby marmot and suddenly it screamed, and I had this emotional response. And I wondered why I was having an emotional response to a rodent screaming.… Maybe there’s a general principle at play that can help us understand why we respond certain ways to certain types of music and certain types of soundtracks,” said UCLA’s Daniel Blumstein. (Approx. 4:07 mark – audio download)