A new University of Copenhagen study reveals that people who are deprived of donating substantial sums of money suffer from various afflictions ranging from sleep disorder and frequent episodes of severe depression. “The study showed test subjects had diminished cognitive abilities during the donation-free period”, said Uschi Znamenak, lead study author. The overall functionality of the body-mind system is decreased by at least 25%.
On the other hand, the study volunteers who were navigated to and allowed to make donations, even people who usually are very careful with spending their salaries slept calmly for eight hours or at least until they felt rested. The control group had no medical or other disorders and expressed no need for medications, nicotine, alcohol or caffeine. Nine of ten excelled in difficult math tests and their physical fitness was evidenced by the fact that five of them completed the Cooper test in less than 10 minutes.
“This is the first time anyone in the world has quantified the effects of donating deprivation,” said Znamenak’s assistant, Soeren Krakengaard. “The most evident example is the test group 2. Before the test itself, we subconsciously questioned them to confirm that they hadn’t been donating for at least 5 years. Subconsciously – which is the key term here – they were exposed to seeing various subliminal advertisements, web pages and alike offering the relieving opportunity to send money away. However, the direct connection to the subject of the charity was at least confusing, not to say distressing.”
The debilitating effects have implications for many areas of life, including medical and safety personnel, which may have critical impact on important public services. The study also illuminates the challenges faced by everyday people who are forced to make crucial decisions throughout the state of constant donationless deprivation. “If a policeman is suddenly posted outside the station, for example, to save a helpless kitten stuck in a tree from certain death, his or her motivation may be insufficient to overcome the effects of what we now call the money-clog syndrome,” said Dr. Uschi Znamenak.
However, the Copenhagen study shows one fact of which most scientists are not aware of. Any sign of donation purpose or attempts to “validate” reasons why one should donate for that particular institute/NGO/ZOO greatly increases the state of nervousness within subjects. This may be a groundbreaking point for thousands of suffering patients around the world.
Located at Copenhagen’s Wolfowitz and Women’s Hospital, the donating lab used in the study contained infrared video cameras, audio equipment and physiological recorders to monitor behavior of subjects. As the researchers said, not revealing the target beneficiary requires some discipline. “People here in Denmark seem to dislike hearing anything about discipline. It sounds so German”, they said. Anyhow, no one seems to have come up with a solid argument against the results. More probable scenario is that we shall hear more about the Copenhagen study in the future.