Inspired by the bestseller, Freakanomic’s coverage of apparently odd economic behavior, Jeremy Dean at the engrossing PsychBlog announced today that he was looking for weird psychology studies to share with his blog readers.
To prime the pump he offered a true oddity in the English tradition: “Personal space invasions in the lavatory: suggestive evidence for arousal.” Maybe the Freakonomics co-authors and Dean might join forces to study how to get doctors to wash their hands more often.
Then see his top ten overall favorite psych studies. They include "What Are Babies Watching?" and "a successful form of psychological therapy (for depression) could be based on telling people their thoughts are mistaken." Also, did you know a slow smile attracts or that "writing affectionate thoughts about close friends and family can reduce your cholesterol levels?"