Psycasm is the exploration of the world psychological. Every day phenomenon explained and manipulated to one's own advantage. Written by a slightly overambitious undergrad, Psycasm aims at exploring a whole range of social and cognitive processes in order to best understand how our minds, and those mechanisms that drive them, work.
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In my last post I asked you to take a brief survey. Many of you did, in fact, within about 13 hours I had nearly 150 responses. However, the survey host, Surveymonkey, only provides the first 100 responses. This is not really a big deal, and given that the survey itself was a bit rough-and-ready, it got the job done.
I asked 10 questions in total on four different topics. The topics themselves were arbitrary. They were simply accessible constructs which most people have an opinion about.
The values on the y-axis are raw numbers, but given that n=100, they also correspond largely to percentages (a few people, over a few questions, did not answer).
1) How old are you?
2) What's your favourite colour?
3) What's your favourite kind of snack?
4) Do you have any aversions / phobias?
5) What is your preferred alcohol
A few people critiqued me for not including the option for multiple aversions/phobias, and for not including a teetotaller option in the alcohol question. However, this shouldn't really make a difference. The key was in the question that accompanied each topic:
What proportion of the population also [reflects your opinion]?
I am going to have to go through all the data and manually enter it into some analytics software, and so I will withold from concluding whether the effect I was looking for was found. However, I encourage you to consider your preferences, and your own answers to the follow up questions, and to try and hazard a guess as to what I was hoping to find.
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I expect you to find that we ignore base rates, and that we overestimate the frequency of our choices. Like the last question, how many people will answer the same as you?. Just by maths(conditional probabilities ftw) you would expect a very low % of people agreeing. But as we are in ourselves, we consider ourselves to be the world.
Which is not true.