Did anyone else ever rent their body for science experiments in college? Those of us who did probably now wish we'd gone to UCSD, where their Center for Medical Cannabis Research recently came out with a study showing that moderate doses of pot can relieve moderate pain. While my preferred method of menstrual cramp relief has always been a hot pack, 3 Advil and a bottle of wine, I certainly wouldn't mind getting paid to find out how effective this method might prove — though, naturally, they seem to be more interested in, like, cancer and stuff. Don't they understand? Oh, wait, never mind. This is why we need more women in the sciences. [Washington Post, CMCR]
for a psych. class i took as an elective, we were required to participate in a certain number of hours of experiments. most were surveys and memory tests, but i did do one really weird one. i had to put on a shower cap type thing that had holes poked in it and they squeezed electrode gel into the holes. attached wires to my head and had me watch pinocchio (not the cartoon, the awful live action one with jonathan taylor thomas!) with headphones on. throughout the movie, these weird beeps would come in on the headphones. i think they were trying to see how the brain reacted to the interruptions? i'm not completely sure on that. it was bizarre. i think i would have preferred smoking pot while watching pinocchio.