Imagine you go out to eat lunch with an overweight friend. Will you eat more because of him? Who will influence whom about food choices?The Hypothetic Freedom Of ChoiceCornell University and Mayo Clinic researchers asked themselves the same question.To find out, they took 82 college students, divided them into four groups and had them eat a lunch consisting of spaghetti and salad.How much they picked of each was up to them. Or was it?You Don't Eat Before The Fat Lady DoesTaking part in each group was an actress that always served herself first.With two crucial differences in her choices and appearance:
- For the first group she was wearing a fat suit and chose more salad than spaghetti.
- For the second group she was wearing the same suit, but chose more spaghetti than salad.
- For the third group she didn't wear the suit and chose more spaghetti.
- And for the fourth group she didn't wear the suit either, but now picked more salad.