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Feel­ing guilty about binge watch­ing your fa­vorite shows this week­end (or, let’s be real, till four in the morn­ing)? Don’t. A 2015 study pub­lished in Psy­chol­ogy of Aes­thet­ics, Cre­ativ­ity and the Arts claims that you can in­crease your emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and em­pa­thy by watch­ing some of your fa­vorite shows. While we’re all for a sci­en­tif­i­cally-backed ex­cuse to park our butts on the couch and stream re­runs like there’s no to­mor­row, take note of one caveat: the best re­sults are gained when you fo­cus on high qual­ity, fic­tional shows, be­cause that’s when your brain needs to fill in the gaps to un­der­stand char­ac­ters. So go ahead, spend your whole week­end binge­watch­ing Game of Thrones. We won’t judge.

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