2022 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

The 2022 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on September 15 in a virtual ceremony available to watch here.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.

THE 2022 IG NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS

  • APPLIED CARDIOLOGY PRIZE: Eliska Prochazkova, Elio Sjak-Shie, Friederike Behrens, Daniel Lindh, and Mariska Kret, for seeking and finding evidence that when new romantic partners meet for the first time, and feel attracted to each other, their heart rates synchronize.
  • LITERATURE PRIZE: Eric Martínez, Francis Mollica, and Edward Gibson, for analyzing what makes legal documents unnecessarily difficult to understand.
  • BIOLOGY PRIZE: Solimary García-Hernández and Glauco Machado, for studying whether and how constipation affects the mating prospects of scorpions.
  • MEDICINE PRIZE: Marcin Jasiński, Martyna Maciejewska, Anna Brodziak, Michał Górka, Kamila Skwierawska, Wiesław Jędrzejczak, Agnieszka Tomaszewska, Grzegorz Basak, and Emilian Snarski, for showing that when patients undergo some forms of toxic chemotherapy, they suffer fewer harmful side effects when ice cream replaces one traditional component of the procedure.
  • ENGINEERING PRIZE. Gen Matsuzaki, Kazuo Ohuchi, Masaru Uehara, Yoshiyuki Ueno, and Goro Imura, for trying to discover the most efficient way for people to use their fingers when turning a knob.
  • ART HISTORY PRIZE. Peter de Smet and Nicholas Hellmuth, for their study “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Ritual Enema Scenes on Ancient Maya Pottery.”
  • PHYSICS PRIZE: Frank Fish, Zhi-Ming Yuan, Minglu Chen, Laibing Jia, Chunyan Ji, and Atilla Incecik, for trying to understand how ducklings manage to swim in formation.
  • PEACE PRIZE: Junhui Wu, Szabolcs Számadó, Pat Barclay, Bianca Beersma, Terence Dores Cruz, Sergio Lo Iacono, Annika Nieper, Kim Peters, Wojtek Przepiorka, Leo Tiokhin and Paul Van Lange, for developing an algorithm to help gossipers decide when to tell the truth and when to lie.
  • ECONOMICS PRIZE. Alessandro Pluchino, Alessio Emanuele Biondo, and Andrea Rapisarda, for explaining, mathematically, why success most often goes not to the most talented people, but instead to the luckiest.
  • SAFETY ENGINEERING PRIZE: Magnus Gens, for developing a moose crash test dummy.

Links to the complete citations and research articles are here.

2 thoughts on “2022 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

  1. I’ve seen images of the moose crash test dummy. Both it and the testing procedures look very like the Mythbuster’s examination of Is It Possible to survive a Collision with a Moose.
    So, what the hey?

  2. Some of these actually seem like useful studies… (Anything that makes chemotherapy even incrementally less awful is a Good Thing.)

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