Coffee's Bonus Side Effect: Hours Of Hallucinogenic Fun

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According to a new study, coffee can make you hallucinate. And we thought it couldn't get any better! Researchers at La Trobe University in Melbourne called the beverage, "the most commonly used psychoactive drug" and found that after consuming five cups people started to hear sounds that weren't there. 92 people were asked to listen to white noise after drinking a large amount of coffee, then told to listen for parts of the song "White Christmas." A researcher explained:

We didn't include White Christmas in the white noise but found that more people who were very stressed and had high levels of caffeine thought they heard the song. The combination of caffeine and stress affect the likelihood of an individual experiencing a psychosis-like symptom.


Lesson learned: If you're hopped up on Starbucks, just ignore any scientists trying to screw with you.

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Aren't people pretty suggestible without coffee, though? I was pretty sure that they had done studies on pareidolia that showed you will hear or see anything you are told you will.