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Why We Love Surprises

Why We Love Surprises

Update: 2019-12-2344
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Why do we fall for surprise endings? It turns out that our capacity to be easily fooled in books and movies is made possible by a handful of predictable mental shortcuts. In this 2018 conversation, we talk with Vera Tobin, one of the world's first cognitive scientists to study plot twists. She says storytellers have been exploiting narrative twists and turns for millennia — and that studying these sleights of hand can give us a better understanding of the contours of the mind.
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Derek Welch

I absolutely love this show, but this episode was a bit of a dud. Skippable.

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