Following the stunt, many New Yorkers questioned why the officers stationed at the edges of the bridge, usually in parked patrol cars, had failed to notice anything occurring that night. Mr. Davis said those officers were not being relied on to detect intruders or screen bridge traffic; they were there to block the bridge’s entrances should the Police Department ever need to stop traffic from entering in the case of an emergency or a terrorist threat.
As for the stolen American flags, Mr. Davis said, “We’d certainly love to have them back.”
The results surprised him and have created a stir in the psychology and neuroscience communities. In 11 experiments involving more than 700 people, the majority of participants reported that they found it unpleasant to be alone in a room with their thoughts for just 6 to 15 minutes.