March 16th, 2012

[College students preparing for and during final exams] abandoned healthy diets and increased their consumption of junk food by 50 percent. It wasn’t that they suddenly convinced themselves that potato chips were a brain food. They simply stopped worrying about unhealthy fattening food when they were focused on exams. they also became less concerned about returning phone calls, washing dishes or cleaning floors. Final exam time brought declines in every aspect of personal hygiene that was studied. The students became less diligent about brushing and flossing their teeth. They skipped washing their hair and shaving. And yes, they wore dirty socks and other unwashed clothes. p. 32-3

From Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney


Found in my electronic chapbook.

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