I came across a story recently on NPR about a study soon to be
published in the journal Psychological Science that considers the
connection between ritual and food, specifically, what impact (if
any) the act of conducting some kind of ritual before eating has on
the level of enjoyment. Let me provide a sort of translation. Take
your typical birthday ritual – the happy birthday song, the
ceremonial cake set aglow with a candle representing each year –
and consider whether the same cake would...