Metaphysics of the Tea Ceremony

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Metaphysics of the Tea Ceremony

A Randomized Trial Investigating the Roles of Intention and Belief on Mood While Drinking Tea

Why does mother's homemade soup seem to taste better than what is nominally the same soup extracted out of a tin can? Besides the use of fresher and perhaps more nutritious ingredients, homemade soup offers a component that is absent from commercial soups—mother's nurturing intentions. Do such intentions matter? A previously reported study investigated this question by exposing samples of chocolate, a natural mood enhancer, to focused beneficial intentions, and then testing under double-blind conditions whether people eating the intentionally treated chocolate would report better mood as compared to people eating untreated chocolate from the same source. The study's outcome supported the intention-enhancement hypothesis.

Shiah YJ and Radin D (2013) Metaphysics of the tea ceremony: A randomized trial investigating the roles of intention and belief on mood while drinking tea. Explore. Nov-Dec;9(6):355-60. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2013.08.005.

Publication Date
Publication Date: 
Nov/Dec 2013
6 pages