Two Are Better Than One
September 26, 2009
Researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone.
The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.
- From "What Are Friends For? A Longer Life" by Tara Parker-Pope in the NY Times (April 20, 2009)