There is a definite difference between hungry- a feeling between meals- and hangry.
When you get hangry, the hunger pains take over and you aren’t responsible for the actions you take. It’s the bad mood that comes with the lack of food that splits the two right down the middle.
So hangry can’t just be something we make up as an excuse for being grumpier than usual.
It’s generally accepted that hunger can impact our moods and even behaviors like aggression and impulsivity
says Jennifer MacCormack, a doctoral student in the department of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).
So MacCormack and her peers set up an experiment to test the fact, with 400 people across the country.
In one, the people were shown an image that was meant to induce positive, neutral or negative feelings—like a puppy, lightbulb or snake, then shown an intentionally ambiguous image—in this case, a Chinese pictograph.
MacCormack and her colleges asked the participants about their hunger levels and the hungrier the people were, the more likely they were to find the image unpleasant if a negative image was shown before it.
This leads them to believe that people were more likely to experience hanger than in a pleasant or neutral situation.
A similar experiment was done with students, who were told to either eat or fast before arriving at the experiment. Each student was subjected to a stressful situation, of a computer crashing, after writing an essay about an everyday experience.
They were then given a questionnaire to fill out about how they were feeling. Those students who weren’t able to eat were more likely to be harsh and to mark the researcher as judgemental.
The opposite result occurred for students who had eaten.
So it proves it- hanger is real!