Thursday, March 20, 2008

"best work"

Seth Roberts says his "best work" was his self-experimentation showing that looking at faces in the morning on television improved mood the next day (though not later that day).
Seeing faces in the morning on television decreased mood in the evening (>10 hrs later) and improved mood the next day (>24 hrs later), yet had no detectable effect before that (0–10 hrs later). The effect was strongest if the faces were life-sized and at a conversational distance. Travel across time zones reduced the effect for a few weeks.
Then again, he might mean this particular experiment is his best work, or that self-experimentation generally, as described in the paper, is his best work.