Situations That Actually “Smell Fishy” Bolster Critical Thinking

Aside from making people feel more suspicious, situations that literally “smell fishy” may actually increase critical thinking. In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers tested this hypothesis by splitting a group of participants into two booths—one of the two sprayed with a fish scent—and asked participants one question: “How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark?” Interestingly, 13 of the 31 participants in the fishy booth caught that it was actually Noah, while 25 of the 30 in the normal booth answered, “Two.”