Thermostats in dorms, classrooms: Do they really change the temp?

In every classroom and every residence hall room on campus, there’s a little plastic box screwed to the wall, theoretically letting you adjust the temperature to anywhere between 90 and 55 degrees. Try as you might, though, you’ll never get that temperature to go below 70 degrees in the summer, or 74 degrees in the winter. “Humans often feel as if they have control over situations, even when they don’t,”  Miami University psychology professor Kurt Hugenberg said. “Building designers often take advantage of this illusion of control by adding bogus thermostats to buildings, that look and act as thermostats...

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