Well, waddaya know? Journalism’s traditional and much-criticized tendency to attract readers by emphasing negativity and localism appears to have measurable, scientific merit. According to a study from the University of Missouri School of Journalism that measured physiological responses to different types of health stories, people are biologically hardwired to pay attention to news that’s close to home and potentially threatening.

Well, waddaya know? Journalism’s traditional and much-criticized tendency to attract readers by emphasing negativity and localism appears to have measurable, scientific merit. According to a study from the University of Missouri School of Journalism that measured physiological responses to different types of health stories, people are biologically hardwired to pay attention to news that’s close to home and potentially threatening.

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