Reading the final chapter of a book first or researching plot-spoiling movie reviews online before going to the cinema could actually enhance your entertainment experience, rather than lessen it, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego found that, quite simply, stories are not spoiled by spoilers.
Just the opposite is true, in fact. When subjects in a study conducted by the university’s psychology department were asked to rate their enjoyment of various stories, they almost always picked the ones where they knew the outcome ahead of time.
Participants in the study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, were asked to read different versions of 12 stories written by John Updike, Roald Dahl, Anton Chekhov and Agatha Christie.
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