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Study of Tearjerkers Attracts International Media Attention

15252631_article_2026931_0D76282100000578_688_468x389_xlargeResearch that revealed watching tragic movies makes viewers happy has brought international media attention to the School of Communication and lead researcher Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick.

The study, which found that watching films with tragic stories caused people to think about their own close relationships and boosted their happiness, has been featured on nearly a dozen sites, including ABC News, Time Magazine and National Geographic.

Some other prominent publications included:

Britain's Daily Mail

Toronto Globe & Mail

The Atlantic

The Huffington Post