So, Does This Mean Feeling “Hangry” Isn’t Actually A Thing?
For the study, researchers
performed two experiments, one online and one in a lab setting. For the first experiment, they showed people images that were meant to induce positive (kittens), neutral (a rock), or negative (an angry dog) feelings, then showed them an ambiguous image (a Chinese character) and told them to rank the character from pleasant to unpleasant. The researchers found that people who said they were hungry were more likely to give the images a poor rating, only
when they were first shown a negative image. But weirdly, hunger didn’t make people rank neutral or positive images as unpleasant, MacCormack says. “If there is something actually unpleasant happening around you, the hunger makes that thing even worse, and almost makes you overreact,” she says.
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