Nicolas Guéguen is a researcher in human behaviour
who runs curious and somehow whimsical experiments. With the help of a small army of "confederates", he studies the effects of various stimuli, including dogs
, fireman uniforms
, bust size (inflatable)
, hair color
etc. on the courtship, sexual, helping, chivalrous, tipping, buying, hiring, compliance or eating behaviour of unsuspecting victims. Because not all experiments are successful, he has also published one failure
in the Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis
Selected papers are listed below the fold. [more inside]
posted by elgilito
on May 17, 2013 -
Chimp stores weapons.
After throwing cached stones at zoo visitors, the unfortunate animal had his own stones removed. Other examples of foresight and planning in animals are described here
posted by binturong
on Mar 9, 2009 -
Cockatoos are much better dancers than macaws.
Well that was my clear conclusion after watching the first two vid clips linked to why animals dance
in this Guardian feature. And since this is from a serious researcher I don't think they are faked. For those with much
more time, this site has an interesting podcast on the topic of music and the brain.
posted by binturong
on Aug 19, 2008 -
Are you annoyed with careless, rude, or stupid drivers? Instead of obscene gestures, obscenities, and aggressive tailgating, now you can snitch on them at PlateWire.com
, a site where you can enter the license plate, vehicle make & model, and a description of the offensive behavior. Members can search for repeat offenders' license plates and contribute to the blogs
posted by fandango_matt
on Dec 20, 2006 -
Sarah Elizabeth Witt struggles to convey a word game [direct to quicktime]
that caused her doctor to diagnose her as obsessive-compulsive.
"When I hear a word that starts with the letter U, I immediately gain access to the letter Y!"
posted by odinsdream
on Nov 24, 2005 -
I yearn for your tasty flesh
[ Gene Study Finds Cannibal Pattern ] - "Deep in the recesses of the human heart, lurking guiltily beneath the threshold of consciousness, there may lie a depraved craving — for the forbidden taste of human flesh.
The basis for this morbid accusation, made by a team of researchers in London, is a genetic signature, found almost worldwide, that points to a long history of cannibalism" (NYT)
posted by troutfishing
on Apr 11, 2003 -
How Culture Molds Habits
is a fascinating article. Read this article, tally another point for nurture. I've long thought this was true, but Nisbett's supposedly gathered rather a lot of data proving it is so. The article raises some interesting parts of the study, but I think the ramifications bear some considering. I'd be interested in reading the full study when it's published, but I haven't a clue where to get the Psychological Review.
And can you imagine what the advertising execs will do with this stuff? Ads tailored to the way you think. Wheee. It does, of course, raise some fun questions about religion and politics.
posted by fable
on Aug 8, 2000 -