Hotel maid weight and the placebo effect

2008 January 22

Interesting (but preliminary-sounding) experiment where explaining to hotel maids how much exercise they were actually getting seemingly causes them to get the effects of exercising.

. . . .Basically, almost every moment of their working lives is spent engaged in some kind of physical activity.

But Langer found that most of these women don't see themselves as physically active. She did a survey and found that 67 percent reported they didn't exercise.

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