Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve PSA

"People who focus on the here and now, without thinking about the impact on the future, are more aggressive than others when they are sober, but the effect is magnified greatly when they're drunk," said Brad Bushman, lead author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University.

"If you carefully consider the consequences of your actions, it is unlikely getting drunk is going to make you any more aggressive than you usually are."
But then, if you were really weren't thinking ahead, you probably aren't reading this anyway.
"Alcohol has  myopic effect -- it narrows your attention to what is important to you right now. That may be dangerous to someone who already has that tendency to ignore the future consequences of their actions and who is placed in a hostile situation."
One thing about being in Academe is that you rarely socialize with people who don't think ahead.  They may not always think well, but they do think ahead.

I think I want to spend next New Years in Sweden...

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