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The Unique Quality That Makes Human Screams So Harsh to Our Brains (Video)

The Unique Quality That Makes Human Screams So Harsh to Our Brains (Video)

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July 18 2015 7:05 AM

Why Are Human Screams So Hard to Hear? 

The quality that especially riles our brains.

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What makes for a great scream? A team of researchers at New York University have concluded one characteristic stands out over either volume or pitch: roughness. This quality tends to up the “scary quotient” on a scream.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.