Sarcastic Speakers May be More Creative

In a new study published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process, researchers from Harvard Business School attribute creativity to an advanced understanding of sarcasm. They found that after participating in a sarcastic conversation, both the quick-witted speaker and the listener performed better in creative tasks. According to the researchers, the increase in cognitive function is due to the critical thinking necessary to …

Why We Love Watching Cat Videos

While dogs may be man’s best friend, cats undoubtedly rule the internet. To investigate why we love sharing cat vids, GIFs and pics so much, Indiana University’s Jessica Gall Myrick surveyed nearly 7,000 people and published her findings online in “Computers in Human Behavior.” While there’s much to learn here about our inner feline fandom, one point especially stood out: frequent cat video viewers tended …

Coffee Mug Matters

Coffee shops around the world may soon be rethinking the color of their cups. A recent study conducted by George Van Doorn of Federation University in Australia reveals that we may be using more than just our tastebuds in determining the intensity of our morning joe. Based on the idea that the brownness of coffee incites varying degrees of bitterness, Van Doorn decided to test …