Is There a Neurological Reason Why Friends Was Such a Successful Show?

December 2, 2014 11:03 PM

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I read a study once about some cognitive scientists who had discovered a part of the brain they called "mirror neurons." If I remember the study correctly, the idea behind mirror neurons is that they activate when you see/watch something that you perceive to be "like yourself in some significant way."

One of the ways they would cause these mirror neurons to light up is to show mid-30s family men episodes of The Sopranos. The show was written so well that nearly every man who had a family and watched Galdofini had a mirror experience. And the key to mirror neurons is that you don't have to actuall...

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