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Why colleges used to takes nudes of students (& why they stopped)

Between the 1890’s and 1970’s, it was common for Ivy League and the Seven Sister schools to take nude photos of students — known as posture photos — because it was believed bad posture indicated a host of other problems. Not surprisingly, these photos were not kept in a locked cabinet, away from prying eyes, for eternity.

SciShow explains how one psychologist talked several universities into giving him the photos to prove a theory that eventually fell out of favor, but not before plenty of them ended up published.

Moral of the story, all you freshman out there? If any of those psych experiments require you to strip down, leave the building and find one that only involves filling out a questionnaire to get that credit.

Full story at SciShow.

Questionable psych studies.

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