Compounds in human exhalations during movies vary in response to suspense and comedy


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/08/compounds-in-human-exhalations.html


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Interestingly, the two film scene labels with the most significant linkage to chemicals measured were “suspense” and “comedy”. These could be interpreted as an evolutionarily advantageous alert/stand-down signal, if perceivable by others34.
Is there one for late-period Adam Sandler films? How about Snyder-era DC superhero movies? If someone could breathe out that signal early, it'd be a real public service.

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So my basset really can tell when I’m scare, happy, etc?


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For the Sandler films they study other bodily exhalations.


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All sorts of interesting ramifications in this. One of which being, that if people can detect - and be influenced by - the exhaled compounds of others, mass shared experiences could be more intense and/or enjoyable because of the chemical component. Seeing a movie with 100 other people could be a qualitatively different experience than seeing it by oneself, even on the same screen, for example.


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Not Nature. Scientific Reports is an open access journal, one of the ~130 journals (see http://www.nature.com/siteindex/index.html for a list) published by Nature Research (which used to be the Nature Publishing Group before the merger with Springer). So its online home is at nature.com, but it’s not Nature.


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Yeah, this is an important distinction. Scientific Reports is where Nature papers go to die.

There are plenty of good critiques of high impact factor journals to go around but I don’t think anyone I work with even bothers to read Scientific Reports. Not to suggest everything in there is rubbish or untrustworthy, just that publication there implies a couple of referees trashed it when it went through review at Nature and Nature X (X = Materials, Nanotechnology, etc…).

I’m not really qualified to assess this paper though.


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