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Here is why we enjoy music and films that make us feel sad

Why do we enjoy music, poems, novels and films that make us feel sad or even horrified? Recent research in the psychology of emotion has shown that negative feelings are particularly effective in capturing our attention, are experienced especially intensely, and enjoy privileged access to memory. Max Planck researchers working with Winfried Menninghaus, Director of the Department of Language and Literature at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, were intrigued by these findings. After all, the arts…