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Emotional arousal when watching drama increases pain threshold and social bonding

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Fiction, whether in the form of storytelling or plays, has a particular attraction for us: we repeatedly return to it and are willing to invest money and time in doing so. Why this is so is an evolutionary enigma that has been surprisingly underexplored. We hypothesize that emotionally arousing drama, in particular, triggers the same neurobiological mechanism (the endorphin system, reflected in increased pain thresholds) that underpins anthropoid primate and human social bonding. We show that...

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10.1098/rsos.160288

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Oxford, Magdalen College, Calleva Research Centre
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Royal Society Publisher's website
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Royal Society Open Science Journal website
Publication date:
2016-09-21
Acceptance date:
2016-08-22
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2054-5703
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pubs:645752
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uri:419fa6da-2ed6-49ab-b54b-3d0ce5bf8314
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uuid:419fa6da-2ed6-49ab-b54b-3d0ce5bf8314
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