Researchers say poor decisions often result from people's difficulty predicting what they will like and how much they will like it. These bad decisions, they say, frequently are based on a person's inability to accurately imagine reactions to a given experience. The solution: ask a total stranger about his or her experience. Researchers tested their hypothesis by asking women to predict how much they would enjoy a 'speed date' with a man. Some women only learned how much another woman, whom they had never met, enjoyed dating him, while other women read the man's personal profile and saw his photograph. The women who learned about a previous woman's experience did a much better job of predicting their own enjoyment of the speed date than those who studied the man's profile and photograph.
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