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UB Study Says Watching TV Reruns Might Be Good For You!

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If you’re one of those people who tend to just park yourself in front of the TV at the end of the day and find yourself watching reruns of “Everybody Loves Raymond” or “Seinfeld”, you might actually be doing your brain a favor.

Recently, there was a study done by Jaye Derrick, PhD, research scientist at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, that says that watching reruns of your favorite TV shows relaxes your brain and actually gives it an energy boost.

“When you watch a favorite re-run, you typically don’t have to use any effort to control what you are thinking, saying or doing. You are not exerting the mental energy required for self-control or willpower,” Derrick explains. “At the same time, you are enjoying your ‘interaction,’ with the TV show’s characters, and this activity restores your energy.”

However, according to the study, new shows don’t have the same effect as the familiar ones that you’ve seen before.  I just want to know how I missed out on being  a subject for this study.

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