New Study Explains Why Every Day Between Monday and Friday is a Blur

posted: 08/24/15
by: Danny Clemens
Days of the week

If you can't keep Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday straight, you aren't alone. Almost 40% of people can't correctly identify the day of the week, according to new research from the universities of Lincoln, York and Hertfordshire.

Study participants were, however, more accurate at identifying Mondays and Fridays, a phenomenon that could be attributed to the higher cultural significance -- both positive and negative -- of the beginning and end of the work week.

Psychologists found that study participants generally had stronger "semantic associations" with Mondays and Fridays. Predictably, Monday was commonly associated with feelings of boredom and fatigue, while Friday conjures sentiments of freedom and celebration.

"One reason behind midweek days evoking fewer associations than other days could be down to how infrequently they occur in natural language, thus providing fewer opportunities for associations to form -- for example, we have an abundance of pop songs which make use of Mondays and Fridays, while the midweek days are rarely used," explained study author Dr Rob Jenkins, of the Department of Psychology at the University of York, in a news release.

The study, "Mental Representations of Weekdays" is published in the journal PLOS One.

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