Friends Make It Easier To Climb Mountains

June 20th, 2008

ScientistThe title of this post isn’t really accurate, but friends make hills appear to be easier to climb. Researchers asked test subjects to assess the steepness of a hill. Those who were with friends believed the hill was 10-15 percent less steep, compared to subjects who were alone. And those who were told to just think about a friend assessed the hill 20% less steep, compared to others. What I’m wondering, though, is how did they think up this study in the first place?


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