Why do we get lost in a good movie? Suspense heightens our 'tunnel vision,' researchers say
It's when everything falls away and the only thing you can see is the story unfold.
When we watch a gripping tale in the theaters, are there moments when we lose ourselves to the story? A 2015 study from Georgia Institute of Technology says, yes.
Psychologist and lead author of the study Matt Bezdek explained in a press release:
"Many people have a feeling that we get lost in the story while watching a good movie and that the theater disappears around us. Now we have brain evidence to support the idea that people are figuratively transported into the narrative."
Participants would lay in the MRI machine while they watched scenes from 10 suspenseful movies, which included Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and The Man Who Knew Too Much, in addition to Alien and Misery. The movie scenes played in the center of a flashing checkerboard pattern.
The researchers noticed during moments of suspense, attention began to narrow and the checkered pattern fell away. Then during moments of little activity, participants' attention broadened to include their surroundings. Activity in the participants' brains began to shift away from processing general information to only critical pieces during those thrilling moments.
Eric Schumacher, an associate professor in the school of psychology, explained in a press release:
"It's a neural signature of tunnel vision. During the most suspenseful moments, participants focused on the movie and subconsciously ignored the checker boards. The brain narrowed the participants' attention, steering them to the center of the screen and into the story."
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- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Riots may ensue as more poor Americans recognize their "miserable" long-term prospects.
- How bad is wealth inequality in the United States? About 1 percent of Americans hold 80 percent of the money.
- In the United States, the correlation between the income of parents and the income of their children when they grow up is higher than in any other country in the world.
- One of the big underlying reasons for poverty is receiving a crummy education, which in turn leads to crummy jobs. When people recognize their miserable long-term prospects, they are more likely to partake in riots.
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- For centuries cultures have personified death to give this terrifying mystery a familiar face.
- Modern science has demystified death by divulging its biological processes, yet many questions remain.
- Studying death is not meant to be a morbid reminder of a cruel fate, but a way to improve the lives of the living.
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- The American society is close to split on the legality of abortions.
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- The abortion numbers are at an all-time low now, trending almost half of what they were.
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