Tylenol, take my confusion away!
Although we consider Tylenol to be a treatment for things like knee pain, it turns out that it’s also a treatment for our sometimes harsh reactions to mortality and confusion. Researchers at the University of British Columbia administered 1,000 milligrams of Tylenol or placebo to students, some of whom were subsequently asked to write about death or watch a surrealistic video. Finally, the students were asked to give an assessment of the proper punishment for a criminal offender. Those who had taken the placebo—but not those who had taken Tylenol—were more punitive after writing about death or watching the surrealistic video.