Friday, February 15, 2008

Science on the Cutting Edge

Did you ever wonder where research money goes? These scholarly findings appeared in psychological journals and were reduced to their essence in a Wall Street Journal column:

* It's much easier to identify someone if he is physically near you than if he is up to 450 feet away (Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, February).

* People who choose their careers carefully, rather than on a whim, experience greater job satisfaction (Journal of Economic Psychology, vol. 26, no.3).

* College students tend to drink more alcoholic beverages than they realize (Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, April).

* If patients voluntarily tell a doctor about a bad side effect of a medicine, they are more likely to be switched to a safer one than if they don't (Archives of Internal Medicine, January). [Wall Street Journal, 5-27-05]

from News of the Weird

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