Spoiler alert: This story has a happy ending. If it were a suspense novel, would knowing that make you enjoy it less? To their surprise, psychology researchers found that people rated stories higher if they knew how they came out.
Whoa — can ruining the surprise make a story more enjoyable? That’s what Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt found, and Christenfeld says he was at first stumped. Leavitt is getting his doctorate in psychology at the University of California at San Diego, and Christenfeld is a professor there.
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