A big thank you to all my readers, especially those of you who have contacted me to show your support. Your words really do mean a lot, they are what keeps me going. I write this blog without profit, purely for fun and out of a desire to support rational thought and a factually based, unbiased sceptical outlook on the media’s representation of science, drugs and psychology.
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Thanks again and a Happy Christmas and New Year to all!
Full Disclosure: A study published last month discovered that the inclusion of the word “love” in appeals for donations doubled the numbers of donations. This post is somewhat of a benevolant experiment, please do say if you think the use of the word love above led you to donate (you won’t get a refund, I would just be chuffed to find out). If you experience hoards of student fundraisers in the streets this Christmas telling you that they love you, now you know why! (Wow, now I feel like a right old Scrooge for letting that slip, so why not humour me, share the love and give a present this christmas to someone who needs it).
Guéguen, N., & Lamy, L. (2011). The effect of the word “love” on compliance to a request for humanitarian aid: An evaluation in a field setting Social Influence, 6 (4), 249-258 DOI: 10.1080/15534510.2011.627771 (PDF)Follow Simon on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
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