The sunshine-spreads-a-smile experiment

“[…] the effect of sunshine on one nonverbal expression that facilitates social relationships (namely, smiling) has never been studied.” Until now, that is. A new paper from professor Nicolas Guéguen at the Université de Bretagne-Sud, France describes a ‘Quasi Experiment’. “In a field experiment, men and women walking alone in the street were passed by […]

Flowers: But are they worth it?

“For millennia flowers have been used to convey romance, yet their effect on human romantic behavior has not been explicitly tested.” This lacuna in the literature has recently been filled, or, at the very least substantially occluded, by Professor Nicolas Guéguen of the Université de Bretagne-Sud, France (see: Improbable Research, passim [1] [2] [3] &etc) […]

Mr. Py’s progress

Interest in Nominative Determinism (ND) goes back, some say, for millennia, and the most recent ND research has just been revealed in the latest (March 2011) edition of  the scholarly publication Names: A Journal of Onomastics. Professor Nicolas Guéguen (see: Improbable Research, passim [1] [2] &etc) and colleague Alexandre Pascual, investigated the effect of a […]

Making up the tips

Does wearing makeup increase waitress’ tips? Researchers at the Université de Bretagne Sud, and the Université du Maine, France, recently performed a field experiment (with two waitresses) to find out. Two hundred and seventy-four restaurant customers (186 males and 98 females) were randomly assigned into two groups. One group was attended by waitresses who were […]