Why do we seem to enjoy movies and art that are emotionally negative or designed to make us feel sad? Researchers from Max Planck Institute have developed a new model that may help explain this paradox.
Using a combination of movie clips and neuroimaging, researchers find people have positive biases to those they feel are more like them, even if they are unable to see the person's face.
Researchers report acts of violence by superheros in popular movies significantly outnumber those performed by the villains. The study reveals male superhero characters commit five times as many violent acts per movie hour than female protagonists.
A new study reports certain horror movies, such as the Halloween series, focus on the cycles of trauma and how it connects to the experience of survivors. Researchers say how the movies deal with trauma is indicative of how trauma is treated in the real-world setting, where the experience is often not acknowledged by others and victims are provided limited support for healing.
Study reveals the formal characteristics and content types that make those feel-good movies "feel good".
Study reports people access fully detailed memories at different speeds and levels of detail, often accessing older information first. Findings could help developing treatments for those with PTSD, researchers say.
Emotional processing may be linked to perception of time in music and movies, a new study reports.
Small spoilers, especially for horror movies, can enhance people's enjoyment of the film.
According to researchers, there is little evidence to suggest violence in PG-13 movies is related to real world violence or an increase in violent behavior.