The effects of a full bladder on executive decision making

I promised you the results of the 2011 Ig-Nobel awards for improbable science – and you will not be disappointed.

The outstanding winner, for me, the medicine prize for outstanding research in

“The Effect of Acute Increase in Urge to Void on Cognitive Function in Healthy Adults,” Matthew S. Lewis, Peter J. Snyder, Robert H. Pietrzak, David Darby, Robert A. Feldman, Paul T. Maruff, Neurology and Urodynamics, vol. 30, no. 1, January 2011, pp. 183-7.

A far more pressing piece of research, especially for musical situations, than the runner-up

“Inhibitory spillover: Increased Urination Urgency Facilitates Impulse Control in Unrelated Domains,” Mirjam A. Tuk, Debra Trampe and Luk Warlop, Psychological Science, vol. 22, no. 5, May 2011, pp. 627-633.

But see the list for yourselves.

My ovulating sopranos were submitted too late for this year’s awards, but I’ve been promised a shortlisting in 2012.

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