Friday, July 27, 2007

Last Call for Alcohol

Finally science that is really working for us. The University of Kentucky (home of Jack Daniels)decided to study why drunks are so belligerent. According to the July issue of the journal Psychological Science, the study showed that alcohol can both increase and decrease aggression.
"In the study, both drunk and sober men, age 21 to 33 years old, competed in a computer game in which they had to complete a command (like "press the space bar") quicker than an opponent. Winners could zap their opponents with shocks of varying intensity," LiveScience reported. "Some of the drinkers also were given a taxing memory task during the game. The distracted drinkers showed less aggression toward their opponents, zapping them with weaker shocks, than the "empty-headed" drinkers as well as the sober non-drinkers."
The point of the lesson is that the drunks were more aggressive but if you distract them, they can become pacifists.
"The scientists suggest sober men had enough cognitive space to deal with both the provocative zaps and memory distractions, resulting in a low level of belligerence. Activating working memory reduces the "cognitive space" available for aggressive thoughts and resulting actions. Since drinkers have a diminished mental capacity, the memory task "used up" space that otherwise could have been allocated to a brawl."
So distract the drunk. And the rule I finally made up from the study is the 3D. Dumb Drunks Dangerous.

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3 Comments:

Blogger The Nashman said...

...well, i'm sure you have heard by now that NASA is under fire for letting drunk astronauts fly their billion dollar space shuttles...

11:38 PM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

Define "Space cadets." BTW Ed Maranan is raving about you in his email group

12:07 AM  
Blogger The Nashman said...

Ah si mang ed, hinihingi lang nya yung mga first editions signed books ko kaya ganyan...:D

Nahiya na tuloy ako mag-blog for my own amusement. Maybe he will award me a Palanca for inchorent prose littered with the most number of subject verb disagreements.

7:49 PM  

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