the water got high and she never got dry

Friday, July 28, 2006


Caught the tail end of Who Wants To Be A Superhero last night. Geekiest. Reality show. Ever.

But I really found their first challenge interesting, since it's just a modern day version of this study, where seminary students were told they needed to get to another building and they were either late or they had enough time. On the way they passed someone slumped over in an alley. People who were hurrying to get to the building were less likely to stop and try to help the person. And these were seminary students, half of whom had the story of the Good Samaritan made salient to them by being told they needed to tell the story when they got to the next building.

In last night's challenge, people were told to get to their destination as quickly as possible and most of them ran right past a little girl crying for help. Really quite interesting. If you're a psychology nerd.

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