The running of the people who are running from the bulls at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, begs for some insights. Insights — insights about the running of those people from those bulls — course through the paragraphs of this newly published study: “Pedestrian Dynamics at the Running of the Bulls Evidence […]
A homely study published in 1989 may have removed some of the mystery about Christmas in the United States of America. “Inferences about homeowners’ sociability: Impact of christmas decorations and other cues,” Carol M. Werner, Sonja Peterson-Lewis, and Barbara B. Brown, Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 9, no. 4, December 1989, pp. 279-296. (Thanks to […]
“ Many people happily eat the same foods for breakfast day after day, yet seek more variety in the foods they eat for lunch and dinner.“ But why? Carey K. Morewedge [pictured] who is a Professor of Marketing and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar in the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, US […]
“Children Chewing” is a featured revue article in the special Children issue (volume 27, number 5) of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Read this article, free, on the web. Then, if research about kids chewing inspires you, subscribe to the magazine, or buy individual back issues.
“Children and Walking and Toes” is a featured revue article in the special Children issue (volume 27, number 5) of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Read this article, free, on the web. Then, if research about kids inspires you, subscribe to the magazine, or buy individual back issues.
Google’s policy of effacing any human faces visible in Google Street View imagery, applies, de facto, even to faces one might not expect to be effaced. The stated purpose is “to protect the privacy of individuals”. Here’s an example from a holiday poster—showing a face-blurred individual carrying a cross—on the outer wall of a church […]
Supermarket shopping carts (trolleys) tend to have horizontal handles – would people buy more things if the handles were parallel – like a wheelbarrow? New research from City University of London and the University of Innsbruck suggest that the answer could be ‘yes’. In an experimental study : “supermarket shoppers purchased more products and spent […]
The special Children issue (volume 27, number 5) of the magazine, Annals of Improbable Research, has flown its way to subscribers. This special issue, like many other special issues of the magazine, is also available for purchase. All the issues are in the form of downloadable PDFs. Are you a Child? Whether you are a […]
Friday, November 26, 2021 is the day for this year’s day-after-Thanksgiving Ig Nobel special on the Science Friday radio program, on public radio stations in the USA. This is the 30th year for the special. (This is the 31st year for the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony itself.) WHAT: This is a specially edited version of […]
Oxford maths PhD student Sophie Abrahams explicates the Ig Nobel Prize-winning research on what happens when one walks backwards while (or whilst) holding a cup of coffee. The 2017 Ig Nobel Prize for fluid dynamics was awarded to Jiwon (Jessie) Han, for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks […]