Why People Prefer More Pain

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Images & Video:
Daniel Kahneman via UNSW – https://ve42.co/ImgKahneman
Barbara Fredrickson via UNC – https://ve42.co/ImgFredrickson
Stephen Gould via achievement.org – https://ve42.co/ImgGould
Amos Tversky via LGT – https://ve42.co/ImgTversky

Directed by Petr Lebedev
Written by Petr Lebedev and Derek Muller
Edited by Peter Nelson
Animated by Fabio Albertelli and Ivy Tello
Illustrated by Jakub Misiek
Filmed by Derek Muller and Bernard Lau
Produced by Petr Lebedev, Derek Muller, Rob Beasley Spence, Owen Maher, David Szasz, Emily Taylor, Gregor Čavlović and Alistair Dann

Thumbnail contributions by Ren Hurley and Peter Sheppard

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