Confession time. Three days after "Stranger Things 2" came out, we were all caught up with the fate of Hawkins, Indiana. Two days after "Sense8" season 2 was released, we had found out exactly how the whole gang made it to their next cliffhanger. And when it comes to British shows, those seasons are 6 episodes long — we can knock those out in a day, no problem. But why do people like binging so much? And what are the hidden dangers? In short, what happens to your brain on a binge?
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Scientists think binge-watching may have something to do with empathy. In one study, volunteers who watched a short film about a boy with cancer increased their levels of cortisol and oxytocin, which is related to human caring. 01:01
It's been shown that reading award-winning fiction and watching critically acclaimed TV shows increases a person's performance on various tests of the theory of mind, or the ability to ascribe a mental state to another person and use it to predict their actions. 02:45
Well-made shows that make good use of framing and color effects are able to tell the viewer what to focus on and how to feel. Studies show that more a scene tries to dictate how a viewer should respond, the more focused the viewer will be. 04:34
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