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Study of London taxi drivers wins Ig Nobel prize

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:831
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    Paper airplanes, Nobel laureates, opera singers, Miss Sweetie Poo, and the Stud Muffins of Science all graced the stage of Harvard University's Sanders Theater for the annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony last week. Cheers, hoots, and shouts of disbelief greeted the winners.

    The Ig Nobel prizes, awarded to scientists whose work “first makes people laugh—then makes them think,” are given to mostly honoured, sometimes insulted, scientists who fly themselves to Boston from around the world to receive their “Ig” and explain their work. Scientists from four continents were awarded prizes in 10 categories this year.

    For her work showing that the brains of London taxi drivers were more highly developed than the brains of non-taxi drivers, Eleanor Maguire won the 2003 Ig Nobel medicine prize. Dr Maguire, senior …

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