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Study Finds Film Enjoyment Is Contagious
from the crowd-mood-still-won't-let-me-like-shrek dept.
posted by Zonk on Sunday December 09, @07:29 (Movies)
Hugh Pickens writes "A report from Science Daily says that scientists
have proven that the presence of other people may enhance our
movie-watching experiences by influencing and gradually synchronizing
viewer emotional responses. This mutual mimicry also affects each
participant's evaluation of the overall experience ? the more in sync we
are with the people around us, the more we like the movie. In a series of
experiments, researchers found that people watching a film together
appeared to evaluate the film within the same broad mood and another
study found that synchrony of evaluations can be traced to glances at the
other person during the film and adoption of the observed expressions.
'By mimicking expressions, people catch each other's moods leading to a
shared emotional experience. That feels good to people and they attribute
that good feeling to the quality of the movie,' said one researcher."
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