Episode 3 – Why are we so obsessed with true crime?

WARNING: This episode contains discussion related to violent crime that may be distressing for some listeners.

In episode 3, Aleena and Janine admit to spending countless hours engaging in true crime media. They really want to get to the bottom of why they, and so many of us, are so obsessed with this stuff! The research they present sheds light on the psychology and evolutionary biology that might be behind our motivations. Meanwhile Janine explains her recent deep dive into primary school handwriting rules and downloadable fonts, while Aleena reveals how she tried to use science to win a culinary debate in the family (it didn’t go so well).

Killer, victim, or hero: who’s driving people’s interest in stories of mass murder and why?

Media coverage of mass murder typically centres on the perpetrator. But this study suggests we’re more interested in the courageous hero who intervenes. It seems these stories may offer valuable information about how to avoid or avert such horrific situations ourselves…

No notoriety

Women in particular seem to be drawn to tales of true crime, but why?

True crime book reviews on Amazon appear to be dominated by women, and women indeed opted for true crime novels over other violent genres in a hypothetical ‘bookstore’ scenario. There seem to be several reasons why women are drawn to this genre. In fact, many of these reasons are true for men too, although to a lesser extent. One of the key motivators seems to be the potential to learn defense or survival strategies, to see warning signs and predict who around them may be a threat.

Necessary tangent

What brought out our inner square?

Janine has an exciting update: Words with Friends confirmed plans to add ‘ze’ to the player dictionary! It’s not playable just yet, but you will definitely hear about it when it is!

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