NCBI ROFL: Santa schmanta.

By ncbi rofl | December 18, 2009 4:00 pm

Visiting Santa: an informal look.

“Using a modified six cartoon-face rating scale, employed in the health care field to help judge pain being experienced by young children, the facial expressions of 300 youngsters queued up to visit Santa Claus were observed and rated as showing indifference to the impending visit.”


The author followed up with similar studies published in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Apparently he had nothing better to do while waiting in that long line with his kids…

Visiting Santa: another look.
“An informal enquiry of the facial expressions of children as they queued up to meet Santa Claus during the 2003 Yuletide season showed that about 82% of the 300 children appeared to be indifferent to seeing Santa. As this finding seemed perhaps different from what conventional wisdom would suggest, that most children would be exhilarated or happy to visit with Santa, this study was replicated in 2004.”

Visiting Santa: a further look.

“An informal enquiry of the facial expressions of children as they queued up to meet Santa Claus during the 2003 Yuletide season showed that about 8 out of 10 children appeared to be indifferent to seeing Santa. This replication of the study in 2004 resulted in an approximately similar finding. A repeat of these enquiries, in 2005, suggested that the indifference rate appeared to lessen (being somewhat more cheerful) the closer was Christmas.”

Visiting Santa: a supplemental view.

“Four recent informal successive yearly enquiries of the emotions of 1,050 children (total) immediately before their visit with Santa Claus at a shopping mall suggested that about 80% displayed facial expressions, judged by an observer, as indicating indifference. To investigate possible change in emotions of children immediately after their visit with Santa, this study was conducted in 2007. Of the 280 exiting children observed, about 60% appeared to be indifferent.”

Happy Holidays to all our fans. This will be the last post in this incarnation of NCBI ROFL, but we look forward to seeing you all in January at DiscoverMagazine.com!

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