when i start hardcore studying, i typically throw on a pair of scrubs, put my hair up in a bun and forget about looking presentable to my suitemate and any other visitors to our apartment.
stats test and mcat prep? it’s gettin’ all hunan dragon up in hurr.
so… about studies
i’ve been participating in a lot of them lately…
i would just be walking around the library and someone would ask me to participate in a study for their methods or psych or whatever class (i did a marketing study yesterday… haha) usually they would bribe me with cookies or candy or whatever.
the thing is…
- i can’t say no.
- idk—i would always put myself in their place (the researches) and begin to wonder… what if no one participates in their study? what data will they analyze? what conclusion will they arrive upon? and how it’s for a class… and they just need 5 minutes of my time…
needless to say, i cave.
usually, it’s about something that doesn’t really interest me: what form of advertisement appeals to me more, what kind of music i listen to while i study, how much sound is related to the meaning of the word (of a foreign language)…
but the one i just took (literally JUST TOOK… lol.) intrigued me.
it began like any other study. the anxious student asking me if i could “spare a little of my time” to help him with his methods class, the self-inflicted guilt trip and the two pages of paper work i had to sign about how i was aware my input is confidential and whatnot.
even the survey was unexciting— i was asked to rate various scenarios (on a rate of 0-9, 9 being the most immoral) on the morality of the central character. the scenarios ranged from lying on your resume to eating you dead dog (not a fan of that one)…
then the background questions came up: how old are you? what is your ethnicity? is english your first language? rate (from 0-9, 9 being the most pleasant) the smell of the environment you took this survey in.
smell? well… that’s funny. it’s allergy season, and i happen to be one of those people who permanently loses their sense of smell during this happy time of the year. i scribbled down a sneaky 4.5 and left the study room.
upon leaving the room, i was surprised that the conductors of the study were waiting outside for me. they handed me a study debriefing. when i was about to decline— i wasn’t particularly interested in their findings of morality— one guy calmly declared, “take it. we lied to you.”
i read the debriefing. apparently, the study was concerned with the relationship between odor and morality judgment. i turned back to the study room and found one conductor frantically waving an air freshener inside. the paper then said that three different smells were used for this study: citrus cleaning supplies (good smell), nothing (normal smell) and fart spray— classy. i was told that i took the study in a “good smell” environment— not that it really mattered. considering how… i couldn’t smell.
i told one of the conductors about my allergies and she seemed kind of pissed. sorry, girlfriend. i forgot my allegra today. calm down.
haha joking aside (she didn’t really seem pissed.. just… disappointed?) i thought this study was really interesting. i had never associated smell with moral judgment before.
also, i’m a fan of the deception. sneaky, sneaky.
so… about study music
i’ve got a ton of tests coming up next week, and i happen to be one of that type— the type who’s really anal about what music she listens to while studying.
it can’t be too distracting, but it has to be pretty upbeat as well.
my study playlist changes according to the subject…
here’s my organic chemistry/ biology (but mostly organic chemistry) study playlist:
- I am not a Robot- Marina and the Diamonds
- Faking Gold- Mr. Little Jeans
- Better- Regina Spektor
- Dark Blue- Jack’s Mannequin
- Here (In Your Arms)- hellogoodbye
- The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson
- Rescue Song- Mr. Little Jeans
- Bruised- Jack’s Mannequin (couldn’t find an mv T_T sorry)
- Such Great Heights- The Postal Service
- Foundations- Kate Nash