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(Phys Org2)   Scientists show that people moderate their views when reading political arguments in a difficult to read font, proving humans are just arbitrarily weird   (phys.org) divider line 17
    More: Unlikely, political argument, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, confirmation bias, World Trade Center site, Champaign, University of Illinois, polarization, bit manipulation  
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2012-11-03 08:17:41 AM  
If the republicans discover comic sans, we're doomed.
 
2012-11-03 08:22:09 AM  
So drew was ahead of the game when he did the last fark change?
 
2012-11-03 08:23:10 AM  
Yeah, pretty sure my thought process isn't determined by a gawdammed font.

/I'm also not prone to "impulse buys" at the checkout cash and most every other study I've ever read
//either I'm a smarter idiot than the average idiot, or these studies are made up
 
2012-11-03 08:32:35 AM  

sure haven't: Yeah, pretty sure my thought process isn't determined by a gawdammed font.

/I'm also not prone to "impulse buys" at the checkout cash and most every other study I've ever read
//either I'm a smarter idiot than the average idiot, or these studies are made up


Titty Sprinkles?
 
2012-11-03 08:45:09 AM  

sure haven't: Yeah, pretty sure my thought process isn't determined by a gawdammed font.


Actually, you shouldn't be so quick to discount this sort of thing. While choosing political orientation was clearly just to get some press on the study's behalf, many studies have shown that you can cause people to be more engaged with what they're reading by making it harder to do so. Thus, you get people focusing on what's actually on the text rather than their preconceived notions as the neural load is shifted from internal verbal/lingual self-awareness. I've seen this same study done with test scores.

Also, novelty is engaging, but that's not nearly as interesting.
 
2012-11-03 08:51:31 AM  

sure haven't: Yeah, pretty sure my thought process isn't determined by a gawdammed font.

/I'm also not prone to "impulse buys" at the checkout cash and most every other study I've ever read
//either I'm a smarter idiot than the average idiot, or these studies are made up


Oh look. It's that guy.

Welcome to the thread, I'm Too Smart For Psychology To Apply To Me Guy.
 
2012-11-03 08:51:52 AM  
Does this have anything to do with that guy who always posts in small font? Or that other farker who always uses green?
 
2012-11-03 08:54:55 AM  
I'll just start posting in lavender. Always.
 
2012-11-03 08:54:59 AM  
Probably because it forces the reader to actually process what's being written about rather than quickly skimming over the words, absorbing only what they want to.
 
2012-11-03 09:23:37 AM  
There have been similar studies with language--people are less likely to do dumb things in a language they don't speak well
 
2012-11-03 10:06:56 AM  
Happpy.it is a bookmark for Chrome or other browsers that turns the current page into Comic Sans
 
2012-11-03 10:24:06 AM  

starsrift: I'll just start posting in lavender. Always.


I suddenly find your ideas intriguing and for some reason wish to subscribe to your lavender newsletter.
 
2012-11-03 10:26:49 AM  

thebravetoast: There have been similar studies with language--people are less likely to do dumb things in a language they don't speak well


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2012-11-03 02:38:24 PM  
again, i repeat: every stoopid science article is one more nail that keeps 'i believe in sky wizards' folks from learning, progressing and growing toward a better tomorrow. this shiat not only affects them negatively, it affects the children they raise and the views they share with others in their parish/house o' worship, place of employment, etcetera.

science people please start publishing only the good stuff. otherwise you're not helping.
 
2012-11-03 03:12:27 PM  

KrispyKritter: again, i repeat: every stoopid science article is one more nail that keeps 'i believe in sky wizards' folks from learning, progressing and growing toward a better tomorrow. this shiat not only affects them negatively, it affects the children they raise and the views they share with others in their parish/house o' worship, place of employment, etcetera.

science people please start publishing only the good stuff. otherwise you're not helping.


You're an idiot.
 
2012-11-03 07:36:59 PM  
Studies are skewed due to the small sampling and type of people who are willing to participate. It does not adequately represent the "f**k this sh*t" segment of the populace.
 
2012-11-03 10:02:34 PM  
In other news, people who are forced to think about what they are reading become less radical and reject extremism.
 
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