Why Do We Feel Bad When Our Favorite Movie Character Dies?

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Sanjeev Thakur
Aug 29, 2019   •  1 view

It’s not just movies, we humans get so invested in sports & other events too..

The tension in the stadium was palpable and cricket fans around the world were on the edge of their seats. With two overs left, India’s chances of winning the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand seemed grim, until Captain Cool himself walked onto the pitch. However, three balls into the first over, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was run out and everyone watching the match fell into collective despair.

Meanwhile, across the globe, an audience was gripping their seats anxiously as Peter Parker took on Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, sighing in relief only when he saves the day.

While these two events may seem completely unrelated, the reaction of the audience witnessing them are not. Whether you’re sitting at the movies or watching your favorite athlete, mirror neurons play a large role in the way that we interpret the world around us.

Now, what are mirror neurons and how do they play such a large role in the social behavior of humans?

Mirror neurons are the only brain cells we know of that seem specialized to code the actions of other people and also our own actions. They are obviously essential brain cells for social interactions”, this essentially means that these neurons are responsible for the way we interact socially.

Empathy, Behavior and Activated mirror neurons

Whether you’re sitting at the movies, watching your favorite athlete, or merely observing a random person, mirror neurons play a large role in the way that we interpret the world around us.

Experts believe that social behavior is not about a matter of self-reflection, but is rather about the ability to feel what another individual is feeling because the same process is taking place in you. More studies are now being done to determine how humans develop empathy and the manner in which humans develop and acquire social skills.

Read More : Decoding Empathy

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