A Twitter user has highlighted the rather hilarious moment she took part in a bizarre scientific study at university – and called out the researchers’ somewhat dubious methods.
Nicole Stamp told the story of how, in her first year of university, she “signed up to be a guinea pig in a psychology study.” And, she noted, it was the “best study ever.”
She was paid $15 an hour to sit in a blank room, where there was a plate of cookies on the table. So, she had one. And them some more.
But she was also asked to do a quiz, asking her about her body image. And after finishing it, she was left alone with the plate of cookies. And, you know, who wouldn’t eat them?
The researchers said there would be another part to the study. But when they came back and said the study was over, Stamp became suspicious…
And then the penny dropped.
She was told that most people ate two cookies, and she had eaten 20. She still got paid her $15, mind – although they wouldn’t get her any extra cookies.
But Stamp was a bit annoyed that they had tried to “fat shame” her during the study. “It seems unethical to try to get people to feel bad enough to avoid cookies,” she said.
“I’m glad I ruined their shitty data by being shameless about liking food.”
The moral of the story? Eat the cookies. We think.