since this thread seems to be going down it's own rabbit hole I feel
licenced to offer this: bear with me, I do actually believe it's relevant.
I heard a lecture given recently on the radio about new research into human
happiness. Interested that there did not seem to be a universal formula for
happiness the researcher set about devising an experiement to measure
perceptions of contentedness.
He chose colonoscopy patients as a model. I have not had the pleasure but I
accept absolutely without further need to challenge that it is not a
He found that a patient's memory of the experience correlated almost
precisely with the average of two points, the degree of pain at the end of
the procedure and the point of the most intense pain. The memory was
independant of the duration of the procedure or the average level of pain
The suggestion was that our positive or negative memories of events are
strongly correlated to "how it ended" and "the best/worst bit".
Performers take note: be careful how it ends, educate all you like but make
sure that there's a 'best bit' from the audience's perspective somewhere, if
it's not in the music, perhaps consider telling a joke.