I'm an avid movie-goer. I have always sought movies for their art, and, yet, lately, I couldn't help but notice that I go to see flicks because I like the feeling of relaxation (combined with some sort of high) that I get after watching a movie on the big screen.
At first I thought this feeling had to do with the all-enveloping music you get at the cinema, with the fact that it's all so big and the experience all-encompassing, with all that beauty displayed in grand manner on the screen, with all that acting, the dialogue, the light, and everything that makes (some) films work.
Then I heard about mirror neurons. And later, about how oxytocin is released when you watch a movie. I will certainly be reading more about all that. Here's what I know so far.