Hungry for justice

This article reports Israeli research that shows that judges are far more likely to give prisoners parole (let them out of jail) straight after they have taken a break. The research looks at all factors that might cause this to happen and concludes that the only explanation is that when judges are hungry and tired, they take the easy way out and don’t let the prisoner our of jail – much less paper work that way, and an earlier break and snack! The researchers don’t say that this is intentional, but simply that our seemly conscious decisions are often decided by our physiological needs.

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