Stress makes us work harder for pleasurable rewards, but doesn't make us appreciate them more


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#2

I believe that headline was supposed to be “Stress makes us work harder for pleasurable rewards…”

…but I’m fine with the current version. :smiling_imp:


#3

Ah, I missed it. Was it wank?


#4

I used my powers to add “work” to the headline, so @Tynam’s comment was both addressed and invalidated. I really don’t understand the reasoning behind this curious ability.

I’m changing it back.

ETA: Yes, it was wank.


#5

Hard for Pleasure … I’m pretty sure I saw them on a double bill once opening for Lords of Acid … /jk


#6

Let’s talk more about that stock photo of “frightened girl in the stress and flying around the burgers on a red background”, please!


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36 university students.

This study wasn’t designed with remotely enough statistical power to draw any valid conclusions.

It might be interesting to design a relevant study with blinding and controls and a reasonably sized n in order to confirm whether or not this phenomenon actually exists.

This type of work doesn’t belong in the popular press. It’s pretty much half a step above conjecture, and does a lot of harm by essentially reporting research very prematurely.


#8

“Study demonstrates that if you call it a study, it’ll be treated as having scientific validity even by people who should bloody well know better.”


#9

But this blog post had plenty of statistical power?


#10

This comment only gives us an N of 10. So we’re pretty underpowered to form an opinion ourselves :smiley:


#11

Does not seem to have slowed you (and the mouse in your pocket) down, but it should slow us down?


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You can’t know things without the proper evidence, not in any valid sense anyway. And a preliminary study with a few dozen participants total isn’t exactly a gold-standard piece of evidence. It’s not good for our largely science illiterate public to be offered up exploratory and preliminary research as if it’s cutting edge and rigorous. I wouldn’t say keeping them in the dark is the best option, but it’s a long war against those who would teach creationism alongside science in the high schools, and we should fight for better science journalism as well as better teaching.


#13

C’mon, look at the positive side. The journo who wrote the article listed the size of the sample. That’s a good beginning.


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