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经济越不景气,灯光越明亮

多伦多大学Ping Dong组织的一项实验发现,对经济形势和就业前景感到越绝望的人,越喜欢更亮的照明,这也意味着那些就业形势不好的人会花费更多电费。据研究者们计算,在0到9分的经济希望值范围内,希望值提高一分,受试者平均会多支出20.6%的电费。心理上的失望投射到人们对现实中照明度的感知,使他们渴望更多光明。(编译/刘铮筝)

When You’re Feeling Down About Your Job, You Seek Brighter Light

In an experiment, people who felt more hopeless about the economy and their employment opportunities showed a preference for brighter lighting, suggesting that those with poor job prospects may have an unfortunate predilection for spending more on electricity, says a team led by Ping Dong of the University of Toronto. The researchers calculated that it would cost participants an average of 20.6% more for electricity in order to feel 1 point less hopeful (on a 9-point scale) toward the economy. Hopelessness can darken people’s perception of brightness, increasing their desire for more light.