What Do Video Game Playing Monkeys Have To Do With The Sunk Cost Fallacy? (Cool Weird Awesome 456)

The sunk-cost fallacy - when we keep at something even when it’s really not worth it anymore, just because we’ve already put so much time or effort in - is a part of human nature. But new research shows it's also a part of the nature of - this is the best part - video game playing monkeys. Plus: our first story on world records of 2021. Meet the world's largest spam musubi!

2021-01-11T08:44:52-05:00January 11th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

For A Person Who’s Hiding Something, Time Slows Down (Cool Weird Awesome 446)

A new study from researchers at Aoyama Gakuin University and Osaka University finds that something interesting happens when we’re trying not to reveal something: our perception of time slows down. Plus: MIT physicists have designed a model for a super-accurate atomic clock that even accounts for quantum physics.

2020-12-29T07:56:08-05:00December 29th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Taking This Pain Reliever Might Make You More Willing To Take Risks (Cool Weird Awesome 379)

A study out of Ohio State University found that people who take acetaminophen, one of the most common over-the-counter painkillers, are apparently more willing to take risks. Plus: the story of a guy who ended up taking quite a risk by setting up a tent - he just didn’t know it at the time.

2020-09-11T07:31:06-04:00September 11th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Couple Songs Are A Thing, According To Science (Cool Weird Awesome 289)

You know how some couples have their own song? There’s actually psychological research into what are known officially as “couple-defining songs," and there are legitimate benefits to the relationship to choosing a tune to share. Plus: next time you're in Japan, drop by Neko Neko Shokupan and share one of their famous cat-shaped breads with someone special.

2020-05-01T09:06:42-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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