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26 May 2010 @ 10:38 am
A question for the social scientists  
Last night I participated in an Economics experiment here at the university.

Would it be okay for me to email the professor in charge with comments about the experience? Not criticism, but something like, "because it was a simulation, I didn't expect to feel so strongly about the choices I was making, and was surprised when I did"?

If that would contaminate his results in any way, I'll skip it, but I really was intrigued by my emotional reactions.
Raoul Dukedrjeff on May 26th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think it would contaminate the results. I'm guessing that all the data was gathered last night, and anything after that wouldn't be considered. Plus, it might help him with future research design or spark an idea for something else!
BaronLawbaronlaw on May 26th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I guess that depends on the experiment. Maybe they would welcome additional data.
The Renaissance Manunixronin on May 26th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'd go with this. I don't see how it could hurt, and it could well turn out to be valuable data.
L Alouisadkins on May 26th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
If you are unsure, you could always send a mail asking if they want some extra input, and then act on their response.
seawaspseawasp on May 26th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I don't think there'd be any problem with it. They've anonymized their results if that was necessary for the experiment, and your comments on your reactions may even be worthwhile for them when they're analyzing the results to determine their validity, etc.