November 13, 2010

YOU NEED A STUDY TO KNOW THAT VEGANS ARE ILL-AT-EASE?:

Sight of Meat Puts People at Ease, Study Suggests: Finding surprised researchers who expected a more aggressive response (Robert Preidt, 11/13/10, HealthDay News)

That feeling of goodwill when family and friends gather for the Thanksgiving meal may be due to the fact that the sight of meat on the table calms people, a new study suggests.

The researchers in the psychology department at McGill University in Montreal were surprised by their finding. They had expected that seeing meat would make people more aggressive.

"I was inspired by research on priming and aggression, that has shown that just looking at an object which is learned to be associated with aggression, such as a gun, can make someone more likely to behave aggressively," study author Frank Kachanoff said in a McGill news release.

"I wanted to know if we might respond aggressively to certain stimuli in our environment not because of learned associations, but because of an innate predisposition. I wanted to know if just looking at the meat would suffice to provoke an aggressive behavior," he explained.

Kachanoff thought meat would trigger aggression in people because he believed this type of behavior would have helped our primate ancestors survive.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2010 10:13 AM
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