An even more plausible explanation

Shall Not Be QuestionedIt’s partially based on a 2006 study that showed that 30 men who interacted with guns as opposed to children’s toys would add more hot sauce to water that they thought someone else would drink. I shit you not. Too small a sample size, and insufficient control. Maybe just sitting there raises testosterone levels even more? Did you test that? What about interacting with a power tool? Or solving a puzzle? You’d need to do that to show whether there was really anything special about a weapon, or whether other objects or tasks affect testosterone levels in the same way. Did you control for weapons phobia? Perhaps the subject feared them, and I would imagine in men that fear drives testosterone levels.

Sebastian accurately calls this study complete BS, but he misses what seems to me to be the most likely explanation for bias in the results.

I bet that men are far, far more willing to put hot sauce in drinking water (presumably as a prank and/or to please a scientist running an experiment) that would be given to an adult, as indicated by the presence of unsecured firearms, than to a child, as indicated by the presence of children's toys.

This entry was published Sun Feb 08 10:01:31 CST 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-02-08 10:01:31.0. [Tweet]

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