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Max A., U.S. dentist, 1903-1965. See: Pleasure curve.


[L. placere, to please]
The feeling of being delighted or pleased.


Any enjoyable or agreeable emotion or sensation, to the pursuit of which most people, who are free to do so, devote their lives.
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In the experiment, pupil size increased with pleasantness ratings.
Further investigation showed that the intensity of a reaction was linked to the odour's place on the pleasantness scale as the site where the nerves reacted strongly to a certain agreeable scent also showed strong reactions to other pleasing smells and vice versa.
In research published in PLoS Computational Biology, the scientists argue that the perception of an odor's pleasantness is innately hard-wired to its molecular structure, and it is only within specific contexts that personal or cultural differences are made apparent.
The participants then rated pleasantness, saltiness intensity, sweetness intensity and fattiness intensity.
Although the two sensations are not exactly in inverse proportion, it is evident that there is a trade-off between pleasantness and powerfulness [1].
The descriptors ranged from a chemical's intensity and pleasantness of smell, to how fruity, spicy or fishy it was.
Participants were asked to rate smiles based on pleasantness and perceived emotional intent.
But all the pleasantness and politeness seem to disappear once we get in our vehicles.
Asset managers will agree that a bathroom's pleasantness could make or break occupant perception about the facility.
Their pleasantness extends even to when they warn of people 'wetting' themselves with fear before even starting the maze.
The researchers created a weather pleasantness index to rank weather conditions.
The Expression Of Kindness Harmony Pleasantness Humility And Patience Serve As A Framework For Program Design To Enhance School Engagement And Educational Success And To Improve Outcomes For Youth Who Are At Greatest Risk Of Substance Abuse Delinquency And Dropping Out Of Any Established Educational System Or Learning Environment.