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February 10, 2009

HD TV helps relieve depression


by David Allen

Just as BSkyB reduces the cost of a Sky+ HD set top box to just under £50, the broadcaster has published the results of recent research that shows watching comedy programmes can boost your feelings.

This research identifies HD TV as being particularly good for improving the psychological wellbeing of the viewer.

This basically means that if you are feeling depressed watching a good film in HD will help combat these feelings.

Sky asked a well known psychologist, Donna Dawson, to find the key points that can help someone who is feeling down.

She found that the visual factor is the key to stimulating the brain into releasing feel good chemicals - increasing serotonin and endorphin levels has the effect of boosting a person’s mood.

Anyone interested in these ideas can find out more by reading the Sky ‘Happier Days TV Guide’ which grades TV shows according to how they can benefit the viewer.

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