Our love for fireworks is actually the fear of the brain?

2021-01-04 | Xinchu Science Original |

On festivals like New Year's Day and New Year's Day, many areas will hold special fireworks shows. There is no doubt that everyone likes fireworks, even if they are full of dangerous flashes and flames.

Although more and more regions restrict personal display of fireworks, fireworks shows around the world consume about 300,000 tons of fireworks every year. This is human love for fireworks, but this love comes from the fear of the brain.Just like we watch lightning.

Can fireworks stimulate the fear of the brain?

Fireworks emit bright flashes like lightning. For the brain, flashes mean warning.

Human neuroscientists have discovered that when we see lightning or fireworks, the amygdala of the brain activates. The amygdala is the main part of the brain that produces fear. However, when the fireworks appear, the brain will release a large amount of dopamine, and the brain will start from fear.Get out of your emotions and feel pleasure.

But why does fireworks make the brain change from fear to pleasure, but lightning cannot produce such an effect?

The brain is familiar with fireworks, but cannot predict lightning?

When we see fireworks for the first time, the feeling of fear will last a long time, because we don’t know that fireworks will explode in the air and emit colorful lights.

But when we are familiar with the luminous phenomenon of fireworks, the brain will adapt to the flashes of fireworks. These flashes are harmless. According to the path of the fireworks, the brain will automatically foresee future explosions, and quickly escape from the fear of the flashes.

But for lightning, the brain cannot predict the time of flash and thunder.

Lightning can appear at any time, and the thunder after the flash may also erupt at any instant. The brain cannot predict the light and sound of the lightning, so the brain will be in fear for a long time.

Just like when fireworks are set off, animals often feel scared, because animals cannot understand fireworks, and they don’t know when the fireworks will flash and make loud noises.


Can fireworks meet the expectations of the brain?

Humans like to watch fireworks, there is another reason, that is the expectation of fireworks.

Modern fireworks can show various shapes and colors of light. When we watch fireworks lift off, the brain will have various expectations. Such expectations will excite the brain and further reduce fear.Negative effects.

And every time a firework explodes, the brain will feel satisfied, just like we listen to our favorite music and always like to repeat it over and over again.

Generally speaking, when the fireworks explode in the air, we can't look away because the brain is in a short-term shocked state and is rapidly processing the rich colors and loud sounds!

Of course, if you want to test your control, you can also try to look away. Compared to watching a firework show on TV, the effect of watching fireworks on the spot is more obvious!

The colors of fireworks are very rich, and they can even produce light outside of visible light. But on TV, the colors of fireworks are just a simple ratio of three primary colors, which will greatly reduce the realism of fireworks. This is why everyone likes to come to the scene in personThe reason for watching the firework show.

2021 has arrived, it is time to watch a real firework show, but don’t forget that every time a firework explodes, our brains are experiencing rapid changes in emotions~

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