Can you read someone’s thoughts through their eyes? This is a one of the components of empathy, and research shows that we are actually quite good at it. You can test your own mind reading skills here:
They are reasonably cheap and require no special training. The focus and the sense of “being in the flow” when colouring in has been shown to reduce stress levels. So what’s not to like about adult colouring books?
They are one of Amazon’s top selling book categories, so plenty of people do like them.
People who respond emotionally to other people’s feelings, have physically different brains, compared to those who respond more rationally, researchers at Monash University have discovered.
People who have “affective” empathy, where they have a strong emotional response to what someone else might be feeling or thinking, have denser grey matter in the insula region of the brain.
People with more “cognitive” empathy, who have a more logical response to another’s emotional state, have more dense grey matter in the midcingulate cortex part of the brain.
But are our emotions controlled by brain structures? Or are our brains changed by the emotions we use most often, in the way a muscle is strengthened by exercise?
And could we lose that the ability to use that emotion if we don’t “exercise” it enough in the way our muscles wither and shrink if we don’t use them?
Yoon Hi Sung, a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin and the lead researcher in the study, says “Our findings in our research show that those who feel more depressed tend to watch more TV programs,”
There is no suggestion that binge watching TV actually causes depression. But people who do binge watch also reported higher incidences of feeling depressed. So maybe viewing habits can indicate mental health problems. Perhaps Netflix could help diagnose mental health problems in their subscribers, before doctors do?
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