OK, I did bad science guys. =( It always pains me to admit when that happens but sometimes your experiment is just frelled from the beginning.
So the way most experiments work is you think doing action A will produce reaction B so you try to create an environment where no actions C, D, or E occur so you can test the validity of your A = B statement. Sometimes though, you don't really understand the whole picture or miss obvious things. And sometimes there are these things called confounding variables that effect both dependent (B) and independent (A) variable creating a false relation between the two.
In terms of my study I was hoping to say that dressing nicely (action A) would boost my mood (reaction B). And it did for the first couple days. Every morning (after I got dressed and looked in the mirror) and every evening at midnight (I decided on midnight as I wouldn't be asleep before then and definitely would still be up for a couple hours after).
So I asked myself a simple question every morning. Do I feel better this morning than yesterday? Yes =1, Same =0, No = -1. And every evening at midnight I asked do I feel better than this morning? Yes =1, Same =0, No = -1.
Below is the bar chart produced from the values recorded.
It's really messy because I couldn't really think of the best way to record data, but also because there's a clear confounding variable.
I feel worse as the week progresses. Why would this be? Well there's this little thing called Hell that I'm trapped in. I have two major pests due Friday, I have to have Subteam meetings on Thursday and I've got another major pest on Wednesday. I also feel worse as those same days progress. Why? Because at midnight I still have ~4 hours of work before I can go home and sleep for 5 hours.
I like to think that I feel better when I'm wearing nice clothes, but really all I can prove is how much life sucks right now :P
Argh so…. Who wants to participate in an experiment? Automatic disqualifications: going to MIT. Everyone else, welcome to join in!
Simple experiment. Keep dressing as you normally do for a couple days and every morning stand in front of your mirror and ask yourself "Do I feel good, ok, or yucky today." Then after a couple days kick it up a notch! Dress nicely and repeat the abaci. Report back to me in a couple days. Maybe you guys will have a better time.