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Canadian Study Says "Seeing Meat Calms You Down"

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Stop the presses, lock up the wife and kids--your world is about to be rocked to its very foundation.

Frank Kachanoff, a researcher who studies evolution at Montreal's McGill University, has finished a study during which he found that the sight of meat makes people calm.

“I was inspired by research on priming and aggression, that has shown that just looking at an object which is learned to be associated with aggression, such as a gun, can make someone more likely to behave aggressively. I wanted to know if we might respond aggressively to certain stimuli in our environment not because of learned associations, but because of an innate predisposition. I wanted to know if just looking at the meat would suffice to provoke an aggressive behavior."

The results surprised Kachanoff. After testing the behavior of 82 men who were confronted with photos of meat, he discovered that they were considerably less aggressive compared to those who were presented with neutral imagery.

According to Kachanoff, this explains a bit about evolutionary psychology.

"In terms of behaviour, with the benefit of hindsight, it would make sense that our ancestors would be calm, as they would be surrounded by friends and family at meal time,” he said.

So, what's the take-away from all this?

Next time you have a stressful day at work, don't head straight for the closest bar. No, just head for the grocery store and stare at the butcher case for a few hours. Apparently, you'll feel much better.
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