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Why Do You Binge-Watch TV?

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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