50 Interesting Studies Conducted Whose Results Will Surprise You

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26Procrastination

Human procrastination is considered a complex psychological behavior because of the wide variety of reasons people do it. Although often attributed to “laziness”, research shows it is more likely to be caused by anxiety, depression, a fear of failure, or reliance on abstract goals.


27. A study was performed by researchers that examined the brains of nuns who engaged in “centering prayer,” which is meant to create a feeling of oneness with God. The nuns’ brain scans showed similarities to people who use drugs like psilocybin mushrooms.


28. A double-blind study which was published in Nature showed that experienced astrologers are no better at determining people’s psychological traits based on the location of the stars during their birth than someone who is randomly guessing them.


29. Studies have confirmed that talking on a cellphone is as dangerous as driving drunk. Hands-free cellphone usage is as bad as or worse than handheld usage and texting while driving is 17 times more dangerous than driving drunk.


30. A London based study of 2018 discovered that 70% of women are bullied by “Queen Bees” in the workplace. “Queen Bees” have been characterized as women who adopt socially aggressive behaviors such as gossiping, exclusion, alienation, and stealing friends/partners due to insecurity.


31Mosquito Repellents

In 2015, researchers testing the efficiency of mosquito repellents used Victoria’s Secret perfume because they thought the floral fragrance would attract mosquitoes. To their surprise, they found it repels mosquitoes better than a range of mosquito deterrents.


32. A study of 1,300 cross country runners found that runners who didn’t stretch and runners who always stretched had the same injury rate. However, runners who only sometimes stretched had a much higher injury rate.


33. There have been nine different studies on DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and all agree that the program does nothing or worsens the problem.


34. Left-handed people’s brains are so different from right-handed that they are often excluded from many psychological research studies.


35. Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water has revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago, around the same time the Bible sets Joseph’s story in Egypt.


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36Capuchin Monkeys

A 2005 study taught capuchin monkeys the value of money using small silver coins. During one experiment, a monkey was observed trading a coin for sex. The monkey who received the coin promptly traded it for a grape.


37. Bees don’t buzz during an eclipse. Using tiny microphones suspended among flowers, researchers recorded the buzzing of bees during the 2017 North American eclipse. The bees were active and noisy right up to the last moments before totality. As totality hit, the bees all went silent in unison.


38. Ozzy Osbourne’s DNA has been sequenced to see how he’s still alive after a life of hard drug use and drinking. His full genome was sequenced and analyzed by American researchers, who uncovered mutations related to addiction, metabolism, and Osbourne’s Neanderthal ancestors.


39. According to new research, memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors. This may explain how phobias can develop.


40. Researchers have determined that bats address each other as individuals and frequently get into arguments.


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41Octopus

Researchers have discovered that the most humane way to anesthetize octopuses is by dunking them in ethanol, a procedure that has no lasting side effects.


42. Research has shown that when speaking, individuals who have been congenitally blind and have thus never seen anyone gesture nonetheless make hand motions just as frequently and in the same way as sighted people do. In fact, they will gesture even when conversing with another blind person.


43. British researchers found a 60-year-old woman who has been unable to recognize voices, not even her own daughter’s. Unless she sees the face of the person speaking, she has no idea who is talking to her. After university research, she was found to recognize only one voice-that of Sean Connery.


44. Telling the truth when tempted to lie can significantly improve a person’s mental and physical health. Researchers found that participants could purposefully and dramatically reduce their everyday lies and that in turn was associated with significantly improved health.


45. In 1929, Princeton researchers opened a cat’s skull and connected its auditory nerve to a telephone. When one researcher spoke in the cat’s ear, the other could hear it through the receiver 50 feet away. The experiment ultimately became the basis for cochlear implants.


46University of Montreal Study

The University of Montreal had to cancel a study comparing perceptions of women between men who watch porn and men who have never watched porn, because they “couldn’t find any” of the latter.


47. A New York University study found that people with easier-to-pronounce names have higher-status positions at work.


48. A 2011 study from UC Berkeley found that Mercedes and BMW drivers were nearly 5 times as likely to cut others off compared to drivers in non-luxury cars.


49. Researchers historically have avoided using female animals in medical studies specifically so they don't have to account for influences from hormonal cycles. This may explain why women often don’t respond to available medications or treatments in the same way as men do.


50. People from Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic (WEIRD) societies represent as much as 80 percent of psychological study participants, but only 12 percent of the world’s population

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