Fresh minds are more forgiving. (thanks Valentin)
The research, which examined judicial rulings by Israeli judges who presided over parole hearings in criminal cases, found that judges gave more lenient decisions at the start of the day and immediately after a scheduled break in court proceedings such as lunch. Jonathan Levav, associate professor of business at Columbia University, who co-authored the paper, said: "You are anywhere between two and six times as likely to be released if you're one of the first three prisoners considered versus the last three prisoners considered."
We are influenced in our cognition by many forces without our awareness. Do we have free will? Are our decisions really based on conscious deliberation? Lots of lines of evidence argue that we are puppets to the time of day, our level of restedness, what we eat, noises, visuals, smells, and other influences.
I'm intrigued by the idea of creating environments that will allow us to manipulate ourselves with suites of influences calculated to encourage us to achieve our goals.
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