Ali Crum was my student for, since her freshman year.
I was her TF when I taught with Phil Stone.
And then I was her thesis advisor with Ellen Langer.
And this was the topic of her thesis.
When Ellen Langer came up with the idea for the thesis,
and she told Ali and me this is what I think would be a very interesting study,
I took Ellen aside after the study, after the meeting, after Ali went away.
And I told her, you know, Ellen I don't think it's fair.
I don't it's fair that Ali will do her thesis on it.
Because the thesis is a very tough experiment, you'll hear about it if you haven't read about it in a minute.
If we take a lot of time from her, she's not going to get any results.
Now you can write your senior thesis with getting no result, without getting a result, that's OK.
But I said, "why waste her time, her senior year
And she said to me, will work. I said to her, no it won't. And boy, did it work!
Now I've learned since not to argue with Ellen Langer, because she has ideas that you would never think would work,
but they do like the study we mentioned with the 1979, I'm going back to 1959
or with the eye test, being simply in the flying simulator improves your eyesight.
Again, ideas that seem fantastic, but she proves them right. So the same happened here with this study.
The study was Ali went to hotels and worked with the ladies who were cleaning the hotels.