Binge watchers: It鈥檚 time to pop out the champagne! There鈥檚 now proof that not only does Mad Men have totally steal-able style, but it鈥檚 also good for your brain. A new study suggests that people who follow television drama tend to understand complex concepts more thoroughly鈥 meaning Netflix and chill just got smarter.

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In a study published in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, one group of participants was asked to watch dramas like The West Wing,Mad Men and The Good Wife. The other group watched television documentaries like Shark Week. While the latter gets touted more often as good old-fashioned educational programming, it turned out that the group that watched the dramas, 鈥減erformed significantly higher on the 鈥楻eading the Mind in the Eyes Test.'鈥 The Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test assesses your ability to correctly read other people鈥檚 emotions by looking at them. The drama group grasped this bit of social intelligence better than the documentary group.

The study suggests that 鈥渇ilm narratives, as well as written narratives, may facilitate the understanding of others鈥 minds,鈥 because they involve complex plots and nuanced characters. If you鈥檝e yet to experience the curative powers of a juicy drama (or the patron saint of hottness that is Christina Hendricks) try binge watching these Netflix picks. It turns out, it might be just what the doctor ordered!

What鈥檚 your favorite drama to binge? Let us know in the comments below!

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