When we see someone cry onscreen, the mirror neurons in our brains fire, which elicits a very primal response from us — one that mimics what we’re seeing. Isopraxism, or the pull to the same energy, is also in effect. “Isopraxism in nature explains why birds fly together and deer run together and why people applaud,” Wood said. “That’s another thing that’s part of what’s going on when people see and hear people crying on the screen.”
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