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Thomas Nadelhoffer


Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting. I am glad you at least partly replicated mine and Adam's earlier findings even if the effect sizes were small. As for your "social desirability" account, this should be easy enough to test it seems. You would just run the thought experiment studies again and include a social desirability scale. If you're right then the responses to the scenarios ought to very based partly on how high (or low) Ps score on the SD scale. Just a thought! Either way, fascinating work as always.

Eric Schwitzgebel

Yes, Thomas, that might be an interesting thing to try. The effects are so small, though, I'd be tempted to change up the experiment a bit (for half the participants?) in hopes of amplifying whatever social desirability effect there might be.

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