They looked like any other Googlers, tapping away on their laptops while sitting in a common area in the Google New York office.
But in reality, they were spies.
Scientists had sent them there on a single reconnaissance mission: Observe the snack choices people made while walking through the nearby “micro-kitchen,” or the break room.
The micro-kitchen was designed so that one beverage station was located about six feet from a snack bar containing M&Ms, nuts, and other treats. The other beverage station was located about 18 feet away.
Googlers who visited the beverage station closer to the snacks were a whopping 69% more likely to snag a snack than those who used the beverage station farther away. The findings, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, will be published in the August issue of the journal Appetite.
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