When the lights go out, what do you do?
It’s a question that haunts many of us.
But research from the University of Adelaide suggests that while most people aren’t necessarily worried about dark, there are a number of ways in which they are.
In the new study, published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers surveyed 2,400 Australian adults about their perceptions of dark and light.
A majority of participants said they didn’t really know what to expect, but said they were generally concerned about dark.
It’s a phenomenon that’s been known for decades, but until now, it had only been recorded in Australia, where dark-lens awareness has been higher.
Dr John Hodge, from the School of Psychology at the University, said: “The most common concern is that you can’t see, so it’s really hard to know what’s going on.”
But it turns out that the people who were the most fearful of darkness were the people least likely to know they had it, or to have a plan to deal with it.
“Dr Hodge said it was important to remember that we were only looking at people who weren’t fully aware of dark, or those who were more easily distracted by their own surroundings.”
The study looked at the responses of 2,396 adults in Australia. “
It’s probably a matter of context, and how you use the word ‘dark’.” Dr James Clark from the Australian Psychological Society said dark was a natural part of our lives, but there was a range of experiences people could be more aware of.
The study looked at the responses of 2,396 adults in Australia.
Topics:psychology,health,psychology-and-behaviour,australia,aus,united-statesFirst posted March 14, 2020 11:02:55More stories from South Australia