This Video Explains Why The Sound Of Running Water Makes You Want To Pee

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It's common knowledge that fountains and running faucets have to be avoided at all costs when you have to pee something fierce. But have you ever stopped to question why that is?

Psychologists and urologists theorize it all has to do with the power of suggestion. Our unconscious reaction to running water is what scientists like to call a "conditioned response." Apparently, studies showing this to be part of our genetic makeup have been around for a while.

For instance, Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov took some dogs, meat powder and a couple call bells to study our conditioned responses to sounds.

Watch SciShow's video above to get the full explanation behind our ingrained pee-pee response.

Citations: Why Does Hearing Running Water Make Us Want To Pee? (Digg)