The Sweet Psychology behind the Office Candy Jar

The Washington Post's graphics department launched a self-proclaimed "unscientific study" of the amount and type of candy eaten from a clear jar housed on an editor's desk.

"Gender, age and status differences can all play a role, as well as how attractive, threatening or annoying the taker perceives the disher to be, and vice versa. [The neuroscientist] said we’d get completely different reactions if, for instance, we replaced [the editor] with a toddler who was cute but looked people in the eyes, a burly biker type or a supermodel."

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