New Study Unable To Show Link Between Eating Squid And Intelligence
June 9, 2015 - Universe
According to scientists at Louisiana State University, a groundbreaking study failed to show a link between eating squid and higher intelligence because of issues with the study’s design and execution.
Larry Davies, a professor of health sciences at the university, says the study could have had impressive results.
“This study, which we thought would be fascinating if it showed eating squid could boost you mental agility in some way, was not put together well and ultimately failed,” he said in a news conference.
The 3-year study cost nearly $30,000 dollars, and used students as subjects in order to see if eating squid could result in higher performance on a follow-up algebra quiz.
“I think the most disappointing part is that we can’t even say there is no link. Because the study was so poorly done we can’t make any conclusions at all about squid and intelligence,” said Davies.
Professor Elizabeth Olson of Tufts University peer-reviewed the study, and found after reading it there was no way to determine if there was a link between eating squid and intelligence.
“This study has a number of problems. For one, they let students drink coffee and take adderall before the quiz. That could have very easily biased the results,” she said.
“Also, for some reason they only allowed Asian-American women in the study. So any results they found could not be extrapolated to anyone who is not an Asian-American female college student,” she added.
“And perhaps most egregiously, the scientists did not even score the algebra test correctly. If 3 x z = 12, z should equal 4, not 11.”
Nonetheless, Davies says this setback will not deter him from pursuing future studies.
“We got unlucky. But that won’t stop us from trying again. So we’re going to repeat the study exactly the same way and hope we get a better result.”