Tag Archives: morality

fart smell in the room makes us more judgmental

ok, this is an example of research that is somewhere in the tension of “they really tested that?” and “of course, we see this in youth ministry all the time!”

researchers gave college students a list of morality questions to respond to. the variable used to differentiate groups of respondents was a canister in the room that released differing amounts of fart smell. seriously. some got “no stink”, some got “mild stink”, and some were treated to “strong stink”. the research found that students were more judgmental when there was fart stink in the room.

The combined ratings were significantly lower — more immoral — when the survey was conducted in the presence of fart smell. Schnall’s team says that this demonstrates that our moral judgment is affected by disgust: we’re harsher in our moral judgments when we’re disgusted (a post-test confirmed that those who smelled the fart spray were significantly more disgusted than the others). Interestingly, the quantity of fart spray didn’t matter: despite the fact that everyone agreed that more fart spray smelled worse, the moral judgments weren’t different depending on how much spray was used.




yeah. there has to be some application for this in youth ministry, right? i mean, my middle school guys small group could have been the test case for this study (except, i don’t think i would want to expose them to the morality questions, some of which are pretty crude). still…

(ht to neatorama)

college student selling her virginity to pay for grad school

and, she’s doing it legally, through a brothel in nevada. current highest bid is around a quarter million.

here’s the story.

nuttiest paragraph:

[the brothel owner] says [the college student] is a bright, beautiful young woman who’s going to consider a number of factors in her decision because she wants her first time to be a positive experience. “Natalie is a very smart girl. All she wants to do is get her master’s degree in family and marriage counseling and be a psychologist. She’s selling her virginity to accomplish that,” Hof told CBS13. “She’s smart enough to sell it. This is empowering her.”

apparently i have a different notion of what is empowering to young women. who knew?

would make an interesting discussion starter with a group of high school students, though.

(ht to poppy elshaug, via email)