A study by researchers at the Queensland University of Technology on why anyone likes reading instruction manuals has won an Ig Nobel award.
Professor Thea Blackler of QUT said she had the honor of winning the Ig Nobel prize in literature.
"Receiving an Ig Nobel is a real honor, the awards are a bit of fun, but they recognize research with meaning."
The research corroborated what the researchers called "manual fatigue and characteristic."
The group of 170 people were presented with manuals on devices that include dishwashers and universal remote controls.
"Reading the manual, like an excess of features, seems to cause discomfort and even anxiety, and most people just want to keep things simple," said Professor Blackler.
Research on the interactions of people with high-tech products found that most preferred to learn by doing.
The researchers also found differences in gender and age.
"We discovered that younger people, and also more educated people, are less likely to read the manual."
"Men are more likely to say that they have read it than women, but through several experiments over several years, men did not show better performance in the use of interfaces than women."
"Laugh first, think later"
Ten awards were given during the falsification ceremony of the Nobel Prizes at Harvard University.
The categories coincide with those of the Nobel prizes, the most prestigious prizes in the world.
The satirical scientific journal "Annals of Improbable Research" organizes the event, called Ig Nobel Prizes, or the so-called "anti-Nobels".
The motto of the event is: awards for research that makes people laugh and then think.
This year, the Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to two American researchers for a study published in October 2016 on the effects of the use of roller coasters to try to accelerate the passage of kidney stones, according to the press release of the organizers
Why human flesh is not as nutritious as you think
The nutrition award went to researchers in Britain, Tanzania and Zimbabwe for calculating that the calorie intake of a human cannibalism diet was significantly lower than that of "most other traditional meat diets."
A document on chimpanzees that imitates humans with the same frequency, and vice versa, by researchers from seven European countries and Indonesia, won the anthropology prize at the 28th annual ceremony.
The biology prize was for those who demonstrated that wine experts can identify, through smell, the presence of a single fly in a wine glass, a joint effort of academics in Colombia, Germany, France, Sweden and Switzerland.
The economics prize recognized Canadian research showing that stress in the workplace can be reduced by using voodoo dolls.
Lindie Liang and fellow psychologists at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, discovered that those who stabbed a virtual voodoo doll representing their horrible boss with pins felt that a sense of justice had been fulfilled.
The prize of peace was won by those who measured the frequency, motivation and effects of screaming and cursing while driving a car.
The prize winners received a ten-billion-dollar fake Zimbabwean bill and the opportunity to give a 60-second acceptance speech before an eight-year-old girl ran out, saying, "Please stop, I'm bored." .
– with AFP.