Time magazine has released some really excellent Top 10 lists for 2011. These lists help you reminiscence about the amazing year, or make you glad that we're almost out of it. One of the funniest lists is the Top 10 Ridiculously Obvious Study Findings. Often, psychology studies are so blatantly obvious, but are reported with such absolute seriousness and severity that you just want to laugh. It's kind of Time magazine to give a chance to give us a chuckle. Here are a few of Time's choices for Ridiculously Obvious Study Findings:
Abstinence-only sex education doesn't work. Kids are still going to want to have sex no matter how many babies, STD-videos of Jesus-infused pamphlets they read. Let's teach them how to put on a condom, why don't we?
Relaxing can make you fatter. In this Tel Aviv University study, researchers found that precursor fat cells turn into fat cells when people engaged in extended periods of "mechanical stretching terms." In laymen's terms, this means that you get fat when you sit around, particularly when you sit around also eat. This really changes things for me, Tel Aviv University, thanks so much.
Under money strains, some older adults may turn to alcohol. You are old and poor and you don't have any job prospects in sight, what do you think that you would do? The young and poor--and old and rich, for that matter--have turned to comforting booze whenever life hit a curve ball, so what's new here? All I know is that I would have liked to be part of this study--I'm young and poor; I could've been an outlier.
Big, Tall, Little and Tiny: Words That Promote Important Spatial Skills. This study from the University of Chicago postulates that words that describe spatial situations may actually improve one-to-four year old's cognitive development. Yes, the idea that words to describe spatial situations actually are necessary for infants to think about things spatially. Who knew?
False Confessions May Lead to More Errors in Evidence, Study Shows. This study claims that saying that you did something when you really didn't do something can often lead to jury confusion. Juries are confused because first you said you did something, and now you're taking it back. The study, conducted by a number of universities working together, also found that true confessions often lead to convictions...As I suspected!
What were some of the most ludicrous studies you read this year?