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  4. The show: SpongeBob SquarePants

    The experiment: One group watched SpongeBob episodes that were food related (e.g., “Chocolate with Nuts”). The other group watched non-food related episodes (e.g., “Snowball Effect”). Both groups had access to a bowl of candy.

    The result: ”Restrained” eaters (those who were dieting) ate more while watching the food-related episodes, but type of show had no effect on “unrestrained” eaters.

    The oversimplified takeaway: When SpongeBob gets hungry, there goes your diet.

    8 other scientific experiments that used ’90s TV shows to manipulate subjects

     


  5. Look closely at the picture above. What you’re actually looking at is a work of art by Johannes Stotter. Despite its extremely photographic nature, it’s actually a painting.

    Even more shocking is the canvas isn’t cloth. It’s a woman covered in body paint.

    How optical illusions trick your brain, according to science

     

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