NCBI ROFL: Proof that NCBI ROFL reduces aggression!

By ncbi rofl | September 30, 2009 3:00 pm

Aggression-inhibiting influence of sexual humor.

“Forty-eight undergraduate males participated in an experiment designed to investigate the hypothesis that prior exposure to sexual humor would reduce the level of aggression directed by angry individuals against the person who had previously provoked them. In order to examine this suggestion, subjects were first angered or not angered by a male confederate; next, exposed to either neutral, nonhumorous pictures or to one of two types of sexual humor (nonexploitative, exploitative); and finally, provided with an opportunity to aggress against this individual by means of electric shock. Results indicated that exposure to exploitative sexual humor, but not exposure to nonexploitative sexual humor, significantly reduced the strength of subjects’ later attacks against the victim.”

CATEGORIZED UNDER: NCBI ROFL, scientist...or perv?
  • Dhivajri

    Is NCBI ROFL exploitative sexual humor? Apparently that's the only kind that works.

    And opportunity to use electric shock? Without being instructued to, presumably, a la Milgram. That is really disturbing.

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NCBI ROFL is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students at UC Berkeley and features real research articles from the PubMed database (which is housed by the National Center for Biotechnology information, aka NCBI) that they find amusing (ROFL is a commonly-used internet acronym for "rolling on the floor, laughing"). Follow us on twitter: @ncbirofl

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