A Game of Thrones Quiz Is Helping Psychologists Learn More About How People Respond to Ethical Dilemmas

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There are countless Game of Thrones personality quizzes on the internet that will tell you if you're a Cersei, a Daenerys, or a Jon Snow, but few have real social and behavioral science to back them up. A new quiz from TIME uses scientific data to match you with a main character on Game of Thrones, and with your consent, your answers can benefit the psychologists who helped create it.

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Fan Quiz is part of an ongoing effort from TIME "to bring scientific legitimacy to the weathered quiz format." The first step in building the survey was asking Game of Thrones fans to answer questions as they thought the characters would. The questions, compiled by a team of research psychologists, gauge qualities like leadership and self-esteem.

After collecting 1730 answered quizzes from 521 fans, the quiz makers were able to assign personality traits to five Game of Thrones characters: Cersei, Daenerys, Tyrion, Arya, and Jon Snow. According to the survey results, Cersei Lannister believes that everyone around her is inferior, and expects loyalty and admiration from them. Jon Snow, on the other hand, is one of the few main characters without an inflated sense of self-importance.

You can take TIME's quiz to see which character your personality most closely resembles. At the start of the quiz, you'll be asked to anonymously share your answers with the psychologists who designed the quiz to aid in their research. If you're uncomfortable with handing over your data, you can opt out of the project and proceed with the quiz normally.

The quiz, according to its creators, "is concerned with understanding how people view different ethical dilemmas and scenarios. Donating your data will greatly help us to explore this question."

This isn't TIME's first example of a pop culture personality quiz based on science. Earlier this year, they unveiled a similar project matching fans to characters from Harry Potter.

[h/t TIME]

Game of Thrones Counseling Available for Upset Fans Following Series Finale

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
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It’s no surprise that some fans are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Game of Thrones is over. The show ran for eight seasons, and became a huge part of fans's lives and Sunday night routines. Moreover, since the season 8 premiere first aired, fans haven’t been too thrilled with the trajectory of the show, and it has only gotten worse. (The final episode in the series scored the lowest rating in the show’s history on IMDb).

But if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around the end of Game of Thrones, or just want to vent, there's a counseling service here just for you. CNN reports that if you go to Bark.com, a UK-based online marketplace, you can find a Game of Thrones counselor who will listen to your every qualm about the show. "The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief," the service description reads.

"We watch them to escape our daily lives and immerse ourselves into the 'unknown,'" Lynette, a counselor from Bark.com, said in a statement regarding people's TV show obsessions. "This is the very reason why we sometimes become addicted to watching them, the stories they tell become part of our identity."

There’s options of booking a 30-minute or 60-minute session, which range from $25 to $51. Fans can choose from a face-to-face session, group session, or online, and can specify which specific problems they’re having regarding the show. 

What do we say to Game of Thrones-related anxiety? Not today!

New Coke is Making a Comeback Thanks to Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Netflix

In what was considered one of the biggest consumer product marketing blunders of all time, the Coca-Cola Company upset devotees of their signature beverage by introducing New Coke in 1985. Sweeter and smoother than the original, people practically revolted over the change, and the drink eventually disappeared from shelves.

In 2019, New Coke is not only resurfacing—it might turn out to be one of the company's savviest marketing moves to date.

CNN reports that Coca-Cola will be producing 500,000 cans of New Coke in collaboration with Netflix to promote season 3 of Stranger Things, the 1980s-set paranormal drama. Cans will be featured on the show in a kind of retro product placement.

Fans can look for the cans online, which will be offered as a free gift with the purchase of two special Coca-Cola Classic or Coke Zero Sugar glass bottles with Stranger Things artwork beginning Thursday. Special vending machines will also be set up in major cities, and visitors to Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola can purchase the product there, too.

The company is using the exact same recipe for New Coke that got them in hot water back in 1985. For many, it will be their first chance to sample the drink that anti-New Coke activist and retiree Gay Mullins described as being "unbelievably wimpy" and tasting like Pepsi (a comment meant to be derogatory). Originally intended to replace Coca-Cola Classic, the drink was eventually rebranded Coke II and sold through 2002.

Coca-Cola anticipates demand will exceed their 500,000 can allotment, which means you're likely to see them pop up on eBay before long.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres July 4.

[h/t CNN]

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