Thursday, November 9, 2017

I touched her eyes
Pressed my stained face
I will never be clean again

When someone suggests that "Effect X interacts with profession", this is an admission that "We couldn't repeat the original observations of Effect X", followed by "We will look at smaller and smaller subgroups of people until we find one that does display Effect X".

So what is this Macbeth Effect? Moral contamination / threats to purity evoke a desire to wash one's hands? O RLY?
Several studies demonstrate that physical cleansing is actually efficacious to cope with threatened morality, thus demonstrating that physical and moral purity are psychologically interwoven. This so-called Macbeth effect has been explained, for example, by the conceptual metaphor theory that suggests an embodiment of the moral purity metaphor.
I think this should be called a Pilate Study.
[H/t Rolf Degen]


H. Rumbold, Master Barber said...

Pilate's a good exercise in punmanship.

Selwyn Hollis said...

Excellent music choice, I must say. Bravo.