Are Archaeologists Smarter?

Ever eat a PB&J in the field?

Could playing in the dirt make you smarter? Studies in mice suggest that it could. Mice given peanut butter laced with a common, harmless soil bacterium ran through mazes twice as fast and enjoyed doing so.

Eat bacteria to boost brain power New Scientist

[from the ARCH-L listerv]

Is the whole “ran through mazes twice as fast and enjoyed doing so” a reference to Graduate school at all?

Does eating dirt as a kid (pica) count?

Maybe…, why do you ask?

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I am the non-admin personality of blivet tool & die I have been academically trained as a professional archaeologist (MA, RPA) and now live in Arvada, CO. Father, husband, scientist, geek of several trades, and high-functioning Autistic adult. Future planetary expatriate?