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Watching sad or traumatic movies can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered. A new study reveals that watching distressing movies may boost our tolerance to pain. Researchers at Oxford University say that movies that get your emotions going can increase the amount of endorphins released by the brain. These are our body's natural painkillers - chemicals that make us feel better after physical or psychological pain. Dr Robin Dunbar, a co-author of the study, explained that: "Maybe the emotional [distress] you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin system." He added: "The same areas in the brain that deal with physical pain also handle psychological pain."



Dr Dunbar and his colleagues conducted a series of tests to determine the effect that tragic stories have on us. They invited 169 people to take part in the experiment. One group watched a traumatic drama about a disabled man battling homelessness, drug addiction and alcoholism. Another group watched a documentary on the geology and archaeology of Britain. The results showed that on average, the pain tolerance of those who watched the traumatic drama increased by 13.1 per cent. This compared to an average decrease in pain threshold of 4.6 per cent for those who watched the documentary. Dr Dunbar suggested one reason we like watching sad movies is the natural high from the endorphins.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/21/watching-a-sad-films-boosts-endorphin-levels-in-your-brain-psychologists-say
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/sad-movies-help-us-bond-those-around-us-and-alleviate-pain
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37418551


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. PAINKILLERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about painkillers. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       sad / traumatic / doctor / tolerance / pain / emotions / painkillers / chemicals / brain
       colleagues / stories / experiment / homelessness / alcoholism / geology / natural high

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. DOCTORS: Students A strongly believe doctors should be able to tell patients to watch a sad movie to relieve pain instead of prescribing medicine; Students B strongly believe that's stupid.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. MOVIES: How could these movies affect our body?Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Romance
  • Horror
  • Suspense
  • Comedy
  • Disney
  • Science fiction
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5. PAIN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "pain". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. PSYCHOLOGICAL PAIN: Rank these with your partner. Put the things that are best at relieving psychological pain at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • a good book
  • a hot bath
  • a movie
  • chocolate
  • medicine
  • sleep
  • a walk
  • a chat to friends

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says a doctor ordered a patient to watch a sad movie.     T / F
  2. Watching sad movies may increase our tolerance to pain.     T / F
  3. Endorphins are chemicals released by the brain to relieve pain.     T / F
  4. The same areas of the brain handle physical and psychological pain.     T / F
  5. The research was the work of one researcher.     T / F
  6. A group of people watched a film about Britain's geology in a test.     T / F
  7. People who watched a sad movie decreased their resistance to pain.   T / F
  8. People who watched a documentary became more resistant to pain.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. traumatic
  2. boost
  3. tolerance to
  4. psychological
  5. triggers
  6. conducted
  7. battling
  8. increased
  9. threshold
  10. reason
  1. lower limit
  2. emotional
  3. carried out
  4. endurance of
  5. disturbing
  6. fighting
  7. explanation
  8. improve
  9. sets off
  10. rose

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. be just what the
  2. boost our tolerance
  3. These are our body's natural
  4. tragedy triggers the endorphin
  5. areas in the brain that deal
  6. conducted a
  7. determine the effect that tragic stories
  8. drug addiction and
  9. an average decrease in pain
  10. the natural
  1. have on us
  2. alcoholism
  3. with physical pain
  4. series of tests
  5. threshold of 4.6 per cent
  6. doctor ordered
  7. high from the endorphins
  8. system
  9. to pain
  10. painkillers

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
author
boost
deal
doctor
chemicals
reveals
tragedy
amount

Watching sad or traumatic movies can sometimes be just what the (1) ____________ ordered. A new study (2) ____________ that watching distressing movies may (3) ____________ our tolerance to pain. Researchers at Oxford University say that movies that get your emotions going can increase the (4) ____________ of endorphins released by the brain. These are our body's natural painkillers - (5) ____________ that make us feel better after physical or psychological pain. Dr Robin Dunbar, a co-(6) ____________ of the study, explained that: "Maybe the emotional [distress] you get from (7) ____________ triggers the endorphin system." He added: "The same areas in the brain that (8) ____________ with physical pain also handle psychological pain."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
part
those
reason
battling
series
high
compared
geology

Dr Dunbar and his colleagues conducted a (9) ____________ of tests to determine the effect that tragic stories have on us. They invited 169 people to take (10) ____________ in the experiment. One group watched a traumatic drama about a disabled man (11) ____________ homelessness, drug addiction and alcoholism. Another group watched a documentary on the (12) ____________ and archaeology of Britain. The results showed that on average, the pain tolerance of (13) ____________ who watched the traumatic drama increased by 13.1 per cent. This (14) ____________ to an average decrease in pain threshold of 4.6 per cent for those who watched the documentary. Dr Dunbar suggested one (15) ____________ we like watching sad movies is the natural (16) ____________ from the endorphins.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  traumatic movies can sometimes be just what the ______
     a.  doctor order
     b.  doctor ordering
     c.  doctor ordered
     d.  doctor bordered

2)  watching distressing movies may boost our ______
     a.  tolerance too pain
     b.  tolerance two pain
     c.  tolerance to pain
     d.  tolerance at pain

3)  These are our body's natural painkillers - chemicals that make ______
     a.  us feeling better
     b.  us feels better
     c.  us feel better
     d.  us felt better

4) the emotional distress you get from tragedy triggers ______
     a.  the endorphin system
     b.  the endorphin systematic
     c.  the endorphin systems
     d.  the endorphin cistern

5)  The same areas in the brain that deal ______
     a.  with physically pain
     b.  with physical pains
     c.  within physical pain
     d.  with physical pain

6)  tests to determine the effect that tragic stories ______
     a.  has on us
     b.  had on us
     c.  having on us
     d.  have on us

7)  a disabled man battling homelessness, drug ______
     a.  addiction and alcoholism
     b.  addicts and alcoholics
     c.  addiction and alcoholics
     d.  addictive and alcoholism

8)  the pain tolerance of those who watched the traumatic ______
     a.  dramas increased
     b.  drama increase
     c.  drama increased
     d.  dramas increase

9)  This compared to an average decrease ______
     a.  on pain threshold
     b.  in pain thresholds
     c.  in pained threshold
     d.  in pain threshold

10)  one reason we like watching sad movies is ______
     a.  the natural height
     b.  them naturally high
     c.  the natural high
     d.  them natural high

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Watching sad or traumatic movies can sometimes (1) ___________________ doctor ordered. A new study reveals that watching distressing movies may (2) ___________________ to pain. Researchers at Oxford University say that movies that get your emotions going can increase (3) ___________________ endorphins released by the brain. These are our body's natural painkillers - (4) ___________________ us feel better after physical or psychological pain. Dr Robin Dunbar, (5) ___________________ study, explained that: "Maybe the emotional [distress] you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin system." He added: "The same areas in the brain that deal with physical (6) ___________________ psychological pain."

Dr Dunbar and his colleagues conducted (7) ___________________ to determine the effect that tragic stories have on us. They invited 169 people (8) ___________________ the experiment. One group watched a traumatic drama about a disabled man battling homelessness, drug addiction and alcoholism. Another group watched a documentary (9) ___________________ and archaeology of Britain. The results showed that on average, the pain tolerance of those who watched the traumatic drama (10) ___________________ per cent. This compared to an average decrease in pain threshold of 4.6 per cent for those who watched the documentary. Dr Dunbar (11) ___________________ we like watching sad movies is the (12) ___________________ the endorphins.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who did the article say might order the watching of sad movies?
  2. What does a study say watching sad movies boosts our tolerance to?
  3. What part of the body releases endorphins?
  4. Who is Robin Dunbar?
  5. What might trigger the endorphin system?
  6. How many people took part in the experiment?
  7. What country's geology did a group of people watch a documentary on?
  8. By how much did the pain tolerance of sad movie watchers increase?
  9. What happened to the pain tolerance of those who watched the documentary?
  10. What natural thing did a doctor say we get from the endorphins?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who did the article say might order the watching of sad movies?
a) an Amazon customer
b) the doctor
c) a psychiatrist
d) a teacher

2) What does a study say watching sad movies boosts our tolerance to?
a) emotions
b) tears
c) sadness
d) pain

3) What part of the body releases endorphins?
a) the eyes
b) the stomach
c) the brain
d) the heart

4) Who is Robin Dunbar?
a) co-author of the research
b) a drug addict
c) a movie star
d) a documentary maker

5) What might trigger the endorphin system?
a) painkillers
b) distress from tragedy
c) action movies
d) research

6) How many people took part in the experiment?
a) 169
b) 196
c) 961
d) 619

7) What country's geology did a group of people watch a documentary on?
a) Panama
b) Lesotho
c) Britain
d) Japan

8) By how much did the pain tolerance of sad movie watchers increase?
a) 13.1%
b) 13.2%
c) 11.3%
d) 31.1%

9) What happened to the pain tolerance of those who watched the documentary?
a) it halved
b) it increased
c) it stayed the same
d) it went down by 4.6%

10) What natural thing did a doctor say we get from the endorphins?
a) sleep
b) a side
c) a high
d) a low

Role play

Role A — Medicine

You think medicine is best at relieving psychological pain. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): a chat to friends, a long walk or chocolate.

Role B — A chat to friends

You think a chat to friends is best at relieving psychological pain. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): medicine, a long walk or chocolate.

Role C — A long walk

You think a long walk is best at relieving psychological pain. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): a chat to friends, medicine or chocolate.

Role D — Chocolate

You think chocolate is best at relieving psychological pain. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why):  a chat to friends, a long walk or medicine.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'sad'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'movie'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • series
    • 169
    • addiction
    • geology
    • 13.1
    • high
    • doctor
    • boost
    • going
    • better
    • triggers
    • handle




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Sad movies help reduce pain

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'sad'?
    3. What kind of movies do you like?
    4. What do you think about what you read?
    5. What do you think of sad movies?
    6. How do different movies affect our feeling?
    7. How good or bad are movies for us?
    8. How much tolerance do you have for pain?
    9. What do you do when you have pain?
    10. Will you now watch a sad movie to relieve your pain?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of the tests done in this research?
    3. What's the saddest movie you have ever seen?
    4. What do you think about documentaries on the geology of Britain?
    5. What's the most amount of pain you've ever been in?
    6. Can music or gaming relieve pain?
    7. Do you think reading a sad novel would also relieve pain?
    8. What other kinds of painkillers are there?
    9. What do you do to get a natural high?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Watching sad or traumatic movies can sometimes be just what the doctor (1) ____. A new study reveals that watching distressing movies may (2) ____ our tolerance to pain. Researchers at Oxford University say that movies that get your emotions (3) ____ can increase the amount of endorphins released (4) ____ the brain. These are our body's natural painkillers - chemicals that make us feel better after physical or psychological pain. Dr Robin Dunbar, a (5) ____-author of the study, explained that: "Maybe the emotional [distress] you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin system." He added: "The same areas in the brain that deal (6) ____ physical pain also handle psychological pain."

    Dr Dunbar and his colleagues conducted a (7) ____ of tests to determine the effect that tragic stories have on us. They invited 169 people to (8) ____ part in the experiment. One group watched a traumatic drama about a disabled man (9) ____ homelessness, drug addiction and alcoholism. Another group watched a documentary (10) ____ the geology and archaeology of Britain. The results showed that on average, the pain tolerance of those who watched the traumatic drama increased (11) ____ 13.1 per cent. This compared to an average decrease in pain threshold of 4.6 per cent for those who watched the documentary. Dr Dunbar suggested one reason we like watching sad movies is the natural (12) ____ from the endorphins.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     demand     (b)     talked     (c)     ordered     (d)     request    
    2. (a)     boast     (b)     beast     (c)     boast     (d)     baste    
    3. (a)     gone     (b)     going     (c)     go     (d)     goes    
    4. (a)     then     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    5. (a)     do     (b)     lo     (c)     co     (d)     no    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     with     (c)     as     (d)     on    
    7. (a)     series     (b)     serious     (c)     cereals     (d)     serials    
    8. (a)     create     (b)     do     (c)     have     (d)     take    
    9. (a)     battle     (b)     battled     (c)     battling     (d)     battles    
    10. (a)     over     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     up     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    12. (a)     high     (b)     height     (c)     higher     (d)     hire

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )   [distress] you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin system." He added: "The same areas in the

    (    )   documentary. Dr Dunbar suggested one reason we like watching sad movies is the natural high from the endorphins.

    1  )     Watching sad or traumatic movies can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered. A new study

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Dr Dunbar and his colleagues conducted a serious / series of tests to determine the effect that tragic stories have in / on us. They invited 169 people to take part in / on the experiment. One group watched a traumatic drama about a disabled man bottling / battling homelessness, drug addiction and alcoholism. Another group watched a documentary on / in the geology and archaeology for / of Britain. The results showed that on / in average, the pain tolerance of them / those who watched the traumatic drama increased by 13.1 per cent. This compared to an average decrease / decreased in pain threshold of 4.6 per cent for those who watched the documentary. Dr Dunbar suggested one reason we like watching sad movies is the natural height / high from the endorphins.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    watching sad or traumatic movies can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered a new study reveals that watching distressing movies may boost our tolerance to pain researchers at oxford university say that movies that get your emotions going can increase the amount of endorphins released by the brain these are our body's natural painkillers - chemicals that make us feel better after physical or psychological pain dr robin dunbar a co-author of the study explained that "maybe the emotional [distress] you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin system" he added "the same areas in the brain that deal with physical pain also handle psychological pain"

    dr dunbar and his colleagues conducted a series of tests to determine the effect that tragic stories have on us they invited 169 people to take part in the experiment one group watched a traumatic drama about a disabled man battling homelessness drug addiction and alcoholism another group watched a documentary on the geology and archaeology of britain the results showed that on average the pain tolerance of those who watched the traumatic drama increased by 131 per cent this compared to an average decrease in pain threshold of 46 per cent for those who watched the documentary dr dunbar suggested one reason we like watching sad movies is the natural high from the endorphins

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ordered.Anewstudyrevealsthatwatchingdistressingmoviesmayboos
    tourtolerancetopain.ResearchersatOxfordUniversitysaythatmovies
    thatgetyouremotionsgoingcanincreasetheamountofendorphinsrele
    asedbythebrain.Theseareourbody'snaturalpainkillers-chemicalstha
    tmakeusfeelbetterafterphysicalorpsychologicalpain.DrRobinDunba
    r,aco-authorofthestudy,explainedthat:"Maybetheemotional[dist
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    hesameareasinthebrainthatdealwithphysicalpainalsohandlepsychol
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    totakepartintheexperiment.Onegroupwatchedatraumaticdramaabo
    utadisabledmanbattlinghomelessness,drugaddictionandalcoholism
    .Anothergroupwatchedadocumentaryonthegeologyandarchaeology
    ofBritain.Theresultsshowedthatonaverage,thepaintoleranceofthose
    whowatchedthetraumaticdramaincreasedby13.1percent.Thiscomp
    aredtoanaveragedecreaseinpainthresholdof4.6percentforthosewho
    watchedthedocumentary.DrDunbarsuggestedonereasonwelikewat
    chingsadmoviesisthenaturalhighfromtheendorphins.

    Free writing

    Write about painkillers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Movies and music should be part of what doctors prescribe for pain. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about the effects of watching sad movies. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. PAINKILLERS: Make a poster about painkillers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MEDICINAL: Write a magazine article about doctors prescribing a sad movie to patients to relieve their pain. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on sad movies. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on ways to use movies to make us feel better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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