The human being has the capacity to evaluate an experience retrospectively, that is to say to give it an overall value: positive, negative, average … This value, which will be stored in our memory with the experience it – even, could in the future be used as a guide, as a reference, when it will be necessary to assess whether this experience deserves to be repeated, or on the contrary, if it should be avoided.

The more time passes, and therefore the more distant our experiences, the more we will tend to give an inordinate importance to the final part of what we have lived. A study from the University of Cambridge, published in, examines an interesting phenomenon that stems from this trend: the “happy ending” effect.

The importance of the “happy ending” effect

Why do the Disney movies all end so much better than the original stories from the tales they are inspired by? The answer is simple: human beings are made to prefer things that end well. However, this particular preference for happy endings can be problematic when we have to make certain decisions. Since we will tend to make choices based on previous experiences that ended well, without giving importance to the overall quality of these experiences, it is likely that based on our experience is not completely reliable.

When deciding where to go for dinner, for example, you think about all the places you’ve eaten well in the past. However, your memories of whether the meal in question was good or not is not always reliable: our brains place more importance on the final moments of our experiences than on the whole.“So, you will choose a restaurant where you had, in your memory, had a pleasant meal, but you may not have […]”data-reactid =” 23 “> Dr. Martin Vestergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge and lead author of the study, explains it as follows:”When deciding where to go for dinner, for example, you think about all the places you’ve eaten well in the past. However, your memories of whether the meal in question was good or not is not always reliable: our brains place more importance on the final moments of our experiences than on the whole.“So, you will choose a restaurant where you had, in your memory, had a pleasant meal, but you may not have […]

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