Coronavirus APOCALYPSE: World-ending film fans ‘cope better with COVID-19 pandemic’

“So for example, if you watch the movie Contagion, it’s shockingly similar to what’s going on at a societal level.

“Certainly, it seems like there are things that you could become aware of while you’re watching the movie that when you see them in real life, you’re like, ‘ah, I’ve seen this before’ – a sort of a simulation of reality.

“So I do think that that’s probably happening to some extent, at least with each genre.

“As far as watching horror movies and feeling less psychological distress, if something causal is happening there, it might be in the realm of emotion regulation.

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