What day is it again? Study explores why people get days muddled

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University of Lincoln researchers have been looking into the concept that days each have their own feel or personality

A majority of people are more likely to get days in the middle of the week muddled more than they would with a Monday or Friday, Liam O’Dell reports.

The recently published study investigated the idea that each day of the week has its own sense of character.

Dr David Ellis from the University of Lincoln’s School of Psychology was one of the academics leading the research.

He said: “More than a third of participants involved in the study reported that the current day felt like a different day, and most of these feelings were on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.”

Dr Rob Jenkins from the University of York and Dr Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire were also involved.

Dr Jenkins suggests that midweek days could be confused because they rarely appear in our natural language.

“For example, we have an abundance of pop songs which make use of Mondays and Fridays, while the midweek days are rarely used,” he said.

Offering new insight into time-keeping and thought processes, psychology students at the university have now professed interest in the findings.

Sian McCullough said: “I keep myself busy with lots of things so I have to keep track of time well”.

“However, over summer when I haven’t been as busy I don’t organise my days on a timetable or anything and constantly forget what day it is.”

Daniel Wegg, a first year student, also said that he too loses track of time when at home for the summer.

“I organise my time by just mentally visualising my day,” he explained.

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