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Full Bladder Improves Decision Making

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the can't-talk-now-gotta-go dept.

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anymouse writes "What should you do when you really, REALLY have to 'go'? Make important life decisions, maybe. Controlling your bladder makes you better at controlling yourself when making decisions about your future, too, according to a study to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science."

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What if you can't get a full bladder? (4, Interesting)

devxo (1963088) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351166)

I'm currently hospitalized for a longer period of time ( earlier post regarding it [slashdot.org] ) and I have a catherer, which also takes the urine immediately from the body. What should I do as I can't get a full bladder? On a side note, it's been great for playing MMO's as there's no need to get up to toilet...

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (4, Funny)

click2005 (921437) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351240)

I've been in a similar situation for years. I now have scientific proof that my being 'the most indecisive person people have ever met' isn't my fault... I think.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (-1, Flamebait)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351874)

Most women will make poor decisions then throughout their whole life, since most of them suffer from TBS.

(Tiny Bladder Syndrome)

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351242)

I'm currently hospitalized for a longer period of time ( earlier post regarding it ) and I have a catherer, which also takes the urine immediately from the body. What should I do as I can't get a full bladder? On a side note, it's been great for playing MMO's as there's no need to get up to toilet...

Have you been lobotomized too incidentally? Full bladder is NOT ESSENTIAL TO YOUR LIFE. I repeat, FULL BLADDER NOT REQUIRED.

It's a fucking stupid article, so move on.

Also, good luck on recovering and having a full bladder regularly anyway.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351334)

his irony
_______
your head

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351480)

Try holding in your feces too. It feels so good to have a full colon.

For some, it might be a problem (0)

slasher157 (2005882) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351740)

Like for this guy [tinyurl.com]

Re:For some, it might be a problem (1)

lul_wat (1623489) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352108)

Can slashdot ban tinyUrl style shortened urls please?

Re:For some, it might be a problem (1)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352192)

No. If you're on /. you should know better and be able to figure out how to use preview on shortened URLs.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35352202)

I prefer a semi-colon ;

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (1)

OldHawk777 (19923) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352182)

I agree, folks should just piss-off and douche any asshole.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (1, Funny)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351386)

I would say "lucky", but...well, you know.

On the other hand, were you hospitalized for, say, too many strippers grinding on your shit? Or, from too much Snoo Snoo? If so then see my initial statement.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351466)

If you RTFC it's Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351408)

That's a pisser.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351722)

Ok, then this proves it!!

Most great decisions are when in the bar, or shooting the shit over beers with your friends.

When doing that, you gotta take a leak almost all the time...so, it would seem that these are when the best decisions are found!!!

Is it happy hour yet....?

Well, I guess I won't be posting my joke . . . (2)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351440)

. . . about how MMO players wearing "Depends" are just putting themselves off their game.

Best wishes for a fash recovery, devxo!

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351578)

What should I do as I can't get a full bladder?

The experiment mentioned was "participants either drank five cups of water..., or took small sips of water from five separate cups. Then, after about 40 minutes -- the amount of time it takes for water to reach the bladder -- the researchers assessed participants' self-control."

That doesn't exactly specify it was a full bladder that was causing the effect, it might just be urine production that stimulates better decisions.

To make sure you generate lots of urine, I recommend you drink alcohol. I'm told by multiple sources that definitely affects self-control, though being drunk myself, I can't quite remember what that effect was. Anyway, the urine production plus the effect of alcohol undoubtedly have synergistic effects.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (2, Insightful)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351682)

That doesn't exactly specify it was a full bladder that was causing the effect, it might just be urine production that stimulates better decisions.

Or just better hydration. Though I could easily see that the researchers might have also conducted studies to control for that, and the journalist been negligent in mentioning it.

Re:What if you can't get a full bladder? (1, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351650)

On a side note, it's been great for playing MMO's as there's no need to get up to toilet...

Somehow I suspect that will not give you as much of advantage as you may think it does. Truly dedicated MMO players don't seem to concern themselves with bodily functions, or where they even occur. In fact, I doubt many of them can tell that they are happening.

The best advantage that a MMO player can have is an intercom system that allows them to request Hot Pockets and Game Fuel with a simple hotkey combo.

Yes it quite improves decision making. (2)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351176)

Also increases the urine that's not taken out of your bloodstream.

and, if you keep it too much, the urine in your bladder may even get pushed back into your bloodstream and outright poison you.

great researches come out, from the fine institutions of our scientific establishment, sometimes ....

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351338)

The research isn't the issue, the problem is the conclusions that you personally drew from it. I think that if you were to read what the scientists published, it wouldn't even mention your idea of waiting too long to piss so you can make a better decision.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351384)

If there is urine in your blood stream you have a real problem. Perhaps you mean some waste that would go into urine is not being removed from the blood.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (2)

asher09 (1684758) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351496)

Not to be picky (but then if we weren't picky there wouldn't be slashdot), but blood IS mostly urine. The kidney just filters out the solids like red blood cells and captures certain useful solutes.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (2, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351544)

Blood is mostly water. Urine is mostly water as well, so is vodka. Blood is not mostly vodka.

The various fun things that end up in urine are not called urine until they are filtered out by the kidneys.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (2)

asher09 (1684758) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351618)

The point you missed is that there is nothing in urine that wasn't present in the blood stream. Urine is blood minus the things I've mentioned above.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (2, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351658)

It is also nothing that you cannot find a pharmacy, that does not mean pharmacies are full of urine. Nothing is called urine until after it gets filtered by the kidneys. Which means blood is not full of urine, it is just full of stuff that may one day become part of urine.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

asher09 (1684758) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351790)

It is also nothing that you cannot find a pharmacy, that does not mean pharmacies are full of urine. Nothing is called urine until after it gets filtered by the kidneys. Which means blood is not full of urine, it is just full of stuff that may one day become part of urine.

I agree with you if you fix this part: "...full of stuff that one day become all of urine." there is nothing in urine that didn't come from the bloodstream. Get it?

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351866)

Obviously, but no matter its source, it is not urine until it goes through the kidneys.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352060)

i have mod points but couldn't find a "-1 Nerd Rage" modifier. so i'm posting it. asher09 can share too.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351404)

Yup, I am sure paid researchers who have studied various biology, medical, and psychology works, sources, and classes for the majority of their lives have come to the conclusion that it is healthy to poison yourself with your own urine and they are now suggesting it as the one true path towards happiness and success...

...
...
...

Hear that? That's the sound of Captain Picard's face hitting his palm at warp 6.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351538)

yeah. actually paid researches, university scientists, actually, science on our planet DOES fuck up a lot.

http://amasci.com/weird/vindac.html#j43 [amasci.com]

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351964)

The problem isn't the scientists. The problem is that there is a VERY large number of people using the stuff scientists discover/invent.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352120)

or sometimes it *is* the scientists.. you know, the ones just out for their careers or agendas. the ones who falsify or maliciously modify data to suit their hypotheses. the ones who get published and waste other scientists' time having to debunk their bad work. those scientists.

news flash: science is also a profession. scientists are also human beings, not angels or robots.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351406)

Maybe you're better at making decisions because you're in a hurry to go pee and then you actually do make a decision. If your bladder was empty you wouldn't pay attention and wouldn't make a decision. Making decisions is generally a good idea.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351570)

Or you could suffer the fate of Tycho Brahe.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352140)

i heard he liked to drink a lot.

from a professor who had a surprising amount in common with Tycho.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351634)

and, if you keep it too much, the urine in your bladder may even get pushed back into your bloodstream and outright poison you. Great researches come out, from the fine institutions of our scientific establishment, sometimes ....

Point to me where the researcher said something like "... and there's no upper limit to this effect, so you should probably never pee again." The assumption with any medical research is that YOU DON'T OVERDO IT. You know: common sense. You can overdose on damn near everything. Vitamins are generally good for you, but they are also toxic if you take too much of some of them. Better stay away from them. Oxygen keeps you alive. Uh oh, if you hyperventilate, you pass out. Stop breathing just to be on the safe side.

Re:Yes it quite improves decision making. (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351846)

Stop breathing just to be on the safe side.

Are you sure this is a good id... i... *thud*

no it doesn't (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351198)

I have anecdotal evidence that exactly the opposite is true. And no, I would prefer not to say any more about this thank you very much.

Re:no it doesn't (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351354)

I'm going to hazard a guess and say "Party Pooper" means something in a totally literal way.

Everyone knows... (4, Insightful)

Bicx (1042846) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351200)

Procrastination is a lot more enjoyable with an empty bladder.

Re:Everyone knows... (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351774)

Procrastination is a lot more enjoyable with an empty bladder.

Depends, I think.

When I was a kid, the winters were cold and the house felt colder. Learning to "procrastinate" (until the morning) was a challenge, but preferable to getting up out of warm bed to stumble my way into a freezing cold bathroom.

To this day I still sleep like a baby through the night. Unless, of course, I'm interrupted by the sounds of somebody else stumbling their way to the bathroom.

Re:Everyone knows... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351902)

When I was a kid, the winters were cold and the house felt colder. Learning to "procrastinate" (until the morning) was a challenge, but preferable to getting up out of warm bed to stumble my way into a freezing cold bathroom.

No heating in your homes you're lived in? Why not just turn the heat up a few notches and not have a freezing house?

Re:Everyone knows... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351988)

No heating in your homes you're lived in? Why not just turn the heat up a few notches and not have a freezing house?

Because depending where you live, that can be quite expensive.

More on topic, one of the first signs of hypothermia is a need to urinate. It's annoying as hell being cold and having to climb out of your sleeping bag and run to the outhouse.

Re:Everyone knows... (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351976)

Depends, I think.

It's true. With Depends, you can empty your bladder and procrastinate any time you want!

Re:Everyone knows... (1)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352156)

ask any legislator, especially in the US congress.

Right... (1)

Ancantus (1926920) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351218)

"You seem to make better decisions when you have a full bladder," Tuk says. So maybe you should drink a bottle of water before making a decision about your stock portfolio, for example.

You read this article, remembered what it said, and then drank 5 cups of water 40 mins before a stock choice. Your clearly the kind of person who needs help dealing with high-impulse choices

Psychology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351230)

Making ass of itself since 1507...

So... (5, Funny)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351258)

So, do you want to use the bathroom or not? Take your time with this decision, we don't want you to take a rash decision on this one.

5 year old kid: YESYESYES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351290)

YESYESYESIGOTTAGOohoopsie

Re:So... (2)

Marc_Hawke (130338) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351414)

It seems to me that if you're sitting around thinking about various and sundry while you have a full bladder, then you've already failed at making the important decisions in life.

Re:So... (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351758)

Well, it might assist in choosing whether I need new underwear and pants while out shopping...

Speaking from experience... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351280)

...going to the supermarket with a full bladder was the quickest, cheapest, most productive shopping trip I ever had.

Holding it increases your blood presure. (4, Interesting)

Loether (769074) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351318)

I've been going to the doctor with a family member often and they were constantly taking his blood pressure. So I've been curious about the things that affect blood pressure and according one nurse if you have a full bladder your blood pressure will go up significantly. (Couldn't quickly confirm via google, could a slashdot MD confirm or refute?)

I wonder if the increase in blood pressure do to holding it gives your brain more blood so it functions better. I wonder if there is a way to control the experiment for the blood pressure difference.

Re:Holding it increases your blood presure. (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351584)

I've been going to the doctor with a family member often and they were constantly taking his blood pressure. So I've been curious about the things that affect blood pressure and according one nurse if you have a full bladder your blood pressure will go up significantly. (Couldn't quickly confirm via google, could a slashdot MD confirm or refute?)

I'm not an actor, but I play one on TV.

But I have been told by actual doctors (including the one i'm married to) that a full bladder can increase your blood pressure a little -- conversely, emptying said bladder can drop your blood pressure. If you're on the verge of fainting for whatever reason, urinating can push you right off that cliff.

Re:Holding it increases your blood presure. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35352268)

It sure can

I had this happen to me. Got up quickly to urinate, began to pee, began to see blackness, woke up on the floor.

Fun times!

Re:Holding it increases your blood presure. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351626)

Same thing for constipation.

And yes, if you bladder is full, your blood pressure will increase so your kidneys continue to function properly (ie. artery pressure - bladder pressure remains constant). As soon as you empty you bladder, the blood pressure will go down. This is not the same as chronic high blood pressure.

The study is kind of BS though. It presumes that if you are impulsive, you will empty your bladder quickly. Impulsiveness tends to be bad for long term planning.

Re:Holding it increases your blood presure. (2)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352070)

(Couldn't quickly confirm via google, could a slashdot MD confirm or refute?)

I'm not an MD, but I'm an engineer, which as we all know, qualifies me to answer any question. ;)

It makes sense. Nihil ex nihil, the liquid in your bladder is coming from your bloodstream, filtered out by the kidneys. If your bladder is full, then no more matter can be pulled out of your bloodstream (or at least significantly less than usual). The same blood system is going to have higher pressure in it if it contains more fluid than it normally would. Even if the kidneys don't stop sending matter to the bladder entirely, I would assume the higher fluid pressure in the bladder makes adding more more difficult, and thus the rate at which it is being added slows, slowing the process of removing it from the bloodstream, leading to some small elevation in blood pressure.

(There are a number of reasons why this would be wrong -- overlooking alternate means of removal, expanding internal volume, etc. But I believe it's at least mostly right, because I've heard the same thing.)

peed off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351330)

No wonder I get peed off making desicions.

Showing once again how psychologists are crazy (1)

Yaddoshi (997885) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351332)

While today modern medicine will (hopefully) prevent a bladder infection from becoming fatal, it's still nothing to play around with: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_Brahe#Death [wikipedia.org]

Re:Showing once again how psychologists are crazy (1)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351458)

Heh, that picture of Tycho's supernova looks suspiciously like an infectious pustule.

Re:Showing once again how psychologists are crazy (1)

Paul Slocum (598127) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351862)

From wikipedia: "Recent investigations have suggested that Tycho did not die from urinary problems but instead from mercury poisoning—extremely toxic levels of it have been found in hairs from his moustache."

As far as this study is concerned... (1)

pigiron (104729) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351340)

I say piss on it!

Ig Nobel Prize (1)

conscarcdr (1429747) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351366)

Some nominate this research.

Re:Ig Nobel Prize (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351422)

Sounds like a piss-poor study to me...

Also good for road trips. (4, Interesting)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351378)

It's also damn near impossible to fall asleep when you have to piss.

Drink lots of water on road trips, to the point you more or less constantly have to go, and you will never doze off.

Re:Also good for road trips. (1)

cool_arrow (881921) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351474)

yeah but it will take 2X longer to get to your destination and you'll get fat frequenting the integrated fast food place at the gas station.

Re:Also good for road trips. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351492)

Unless you piss yourself. In which case you'll wake up in a crashed car, covered in piss.

Re:Also good for road trips. (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351518)

At some point you will sleep. The problem is that you will also urinate at some point. Personally, I prefer that those two facts don't overlap. If you're holding it in just so you don't fall asleep I strongly suggest pulling over on a side road for half an hour and taking a nap instead.

Re:Also good for road trips. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35352064)

There's also a helpful tip for those having troubles getting up at the morning.

Drink a lot before going to sleep. It won't affect your ability to get sleep, but once you wake up, you must get up and empty your bladder.

Conversely (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35352186)

It's damn near impossible to piss when you're on morphine, even if you're also on an IV, so always remember to use the bathroom before the car accident.

Re:Also good for road trips. (5, Insightful)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352242)

If you're in danger of dozing off, you shouldn't be driving. Doing some trick to prevent you from actually dozing off is putting yourself and everyone else on the road in greater danger. This isn't a binary condition: either fully alert or dead to the world unconscious. You're still more likely to cause an accident, even if you didn't lapse into actual unconsciousness.

"I've done it -- it keeps me fully alert, too!" Uh huh. This is every bit as believable as the drunk who insists they're not too smashed to drive. You feel fully alert. Good for you. Now pull over, take a piss, and then take a nap, resume driving when you actually are fully alert and don't require any tricks to stay awake.

Yet Another Reason To Close ( +3, Insightful ) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351390)

Departments of Psychology at universities. Open any psychology journal and you'll find arguments over methods not
theory.

Yours In Vladivostok, [youtube.com]
Kilgore Trout

P.S.: Power To The Labor Union Protests In Wisconsin !!!!!!

Not true. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351396)

Darl McBride, Aaron Barr and other people who are routinely full of shit make bad decisions on a daily basis.

I call shenanigans.

Re:Not true. (1)

c0d3g33k (102699) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351448)

The OP talked about a full bladder, not a full colon. Apples vs. Oranges.

Drink more beer... (1)

nudnik72 (566126) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351428)

Should we conclude that drinking more beer leads to better decision making?

mmmmm beer (1)

mevets (322601) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352226)

is there anything it can't do.

But.... (1)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351444)

Holding your bladder can also be bad for you. Women, for instance, can have serious issues holding they're bladder too long. OTOH, one life decision will be made for you: going to the hospital and picking up some antibiotics.

Urine Control? (1)

sbillard (568017) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351462)

Controlling your bladder makes you better at controlling yourself

Urine control.
Maybe they could use this to treat ADD/ADHD? Urine Therapy
Perhaps this could be used as a form of psycho analysis? Urine my head.
Or, how about conflict resolution? Urine my face

Re:Urine Control? (1)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351592)

Yeah, I'm going to say that this is a hoax.

Urine control? It's too much

Not sure if it's sexual (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351484)

But I find myself searching for a bag of potato chips after firing up a fattie.. Actually the old lady does the searching for me. I don't feel like getting up.

Full Bladder Improves Decision Making (1)

Kylock (608369) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351498)

Full Bladder Improves Decision Making

The obvious result is that your decision is to go to the restroom.

Is this useful? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351546)

How would you rate the usefulness of having to pee versus, say, playing Go? I'm pretty sure teaching yourself to think carefully about why to do something (i.e. impact, value, future plans) and consider alternative courses of action (i.e. shit that could happen in response, and how you're going to handle that variation) is going to improve the decisions you make more than, say, teaching yourself not to piss in your pants after a 44oz cocacola.

Leak (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351554)

Geewizzz. Someone must have leaked that story. With all that psychology It must be going to the head.

Eh hemm.... (2)

2names (531755) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351562)

No shit.

Annals of Improbable Research Candidate Study (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351572)

I was going to nominate this for an Ig® Nobel Prize [improbable.com] , but then I realized that the study was conducted by psychologists and knew it would be disqualified since psychological studies aren't really science.

Re:Annals of Improbable Research Candidate Study (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351642)

Ha ha. Annals.

Experiment flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351628)

The study offered some money now or more money later - I would pick the second option, otherwise I might need to wait for someone to go get the cash and hand it to me. Perhaps I would need to sign a receipt as well. All while I really really need to go for a piss.

I think a full bladder makes you postpone less urgent things, it doesn't necessarily improve your decision making quality.

Would be interesting to see the results of a second control group: With a full bladder, and that is offered more money now or less money later.

I must've been a genius! (3, Interesting)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351674)

I served as the chairman of a not-for-profit board for a while. And our meetings just seem to be interminable.

Finally, I offered to be the permanent refreshment-bringer. I purchased only spicy or salty snacks, and only caffeinated beverages -- actually, just a tiny non-zero number of non-caffeinated ones to prevent moaning from the "I can't have caffeine" board member.

My idea wasn't to ensure good decisions, but just that something got decided and we didn't sit around all night trying to redirect back to the subject at hand.

Bed wetting leads to diaper rash decisions.... (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351720)

Remember 4th grade slumber parties when you put your sleeping friend's hand in a bowl of warm water, to see if the oceans will spill over from dreamland ?

Its true. I have the proof. (1)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351802)

When my bladder is full, I suddenly decide to pee.

Wizzing on wackos . . . I dunno . . . (1, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#35351812)

I've worked with some folks in my career who should have been pissed upon.

"Ah, Donald Trump! I've been expecting you! You want to make a deal? Well, I'm a gonna whip it out, and then you can try to deal with this .. ."

On the other hand, a lot of the time that I've been working with certain executives . . . I think that their top skill is doing sword fights down at the pisser.

Hmmn . . . time to update my skills profile . . . "En Garde!"

Post-coitus lucidity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35351836)

The best way (for males) to make decisions is when you blow your load either during sex or while masturbating. Right after orgasm suddenly everything becomes so clear because of sharp increase in dopamine. You let go of your inhibitions, fear, ego and able to formulate completely rational thoughts. But you need to make decisions really fast because the optimism fades away really quickly. I'd say it's 40 seconds to 2 minutes max.

Re:Post-coitus lucidity (5, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352128)

The best way (for males) to make decisions is when you blow your load either during sex or while masturbating. Right after orgasm suddenly everything becomes so clear because of sharp increase in dopamine. You let go of your inhibitions, fear, ego and able to formulate completely rational thoughts. But you need to make decisions really fast because the optimism fades away really quickly. I'd say it's 40 seconds to 2 minutes max.

I'm just imagining a meeting where an important decision has to be made.
The chairman says: "So, and now please masturbate ..." :-)

better decision making? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35352004)

For example, they could choose to receive either $16 tomorrow or $30 in 35 days.

The researchers found that the people with full bladders were better at holding out for the larger reward later.

The researchers probably have never filled out a rebate card when buying a PC. If they had, they would have realized that the delayed "reward" may never show up, in 35 days or in 350 days. And hey'd be stuck with having paid in full for an overpriced PC with "our chump of the month" sign hung around their neck.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35352094)

This news really pisses me off!!!

Tycho Brahe (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352138)

The Ghost of Tycho Brahe just read this and gave a the finger to the summary, the article, and the people studying this.

"You guys, you just don't know what you're messing with here"

Last words of Tycho Brahe:

"Jeg har brug for at tisse så meget, at mine tænder er flydende!"

--
BMO

One problem.. (2, Funny)

beatbox32 (325106) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352232)

I just know I'd end up deciding all over myself.

Well, I knew that (3, Funny)

dmomo (256005) | more than 2 years ago | (#35352266)

And this is why I am pissing my life away.

next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35352284)

The positive effects of cutting oneself on cognition? All physical discomforts create a slight boost in adrenaline which increases short-term memory (thereby increasing cognitive functions). But the same effects can be achieved with simple discipline in one's lifestyle. 3 meals a day without snacks means mild starvation between meals and yet not going so long without food that low blood sugar levels drop too low. Similar benefits arise from other habits associated with well-structured life. While I have no doubts that the researchers in question were looking to completely understand the mechanisms in the body through which this process occurs, I do take issue with the way the slashdot presented the results of the research. It wouldn't take a study to deduce that mild discomfort causes improvement in performance. Any study would be after the question "how does that happen". Yet in another display of sensationalism, this editor turned into a headline claiming that the study was trying to see "whether it would happen?"

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