Unexpected Findings: 40 Studies with Surprising Results

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

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

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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.

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

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

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36Truth vs Lie

Truth vs Lie

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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

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

40. 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.

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