I heard about this study on NPR and just had to share it:
Apparently some McGill University researchers studied men’s reactions to pictures of meat. They had hypothesized that looking at meat would make the men more aggressive, according to the National Post, a Canadian newspaper.
Researchers asked 82 men to sort photos — some were given images of meat that was ready to eat while others had more neutral images — as actors read from a script. Every time an actor made a mistake, the men were told to “punish” the actor by raising various volumes of sound, the highest levels believed by the subjects to be painful.
The results showed that men were less likely to attempt to inflict pain on the reader if they were looking at an image of meat while the mistake was made.
Sooo…. forget those tinkling water sculptures and Zen sand gardens. Forget massage and Prozac and Windham Hill. Forget smelling the roses and sipping the chamomile.
Next time you’re stressed out…. sit back and look at the steak.