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MIH the lab rat

  1. Jun 26, 2006 #1

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    So it seems I can earn a little extra credit in one of my courses by volunteering for experiments that are ongoing in the psych dept. I'm thinking about doing it. Anybody else ever do this?

    I hope there's no electric shocks involved if I can't find the cheese fast enough. :frown:
     
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  3. Jun 26, 2006 #2

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    It's worse, you'll be listing to "It's a Small World" repeatedly until you start screaming for mercy or subdued into a catatonic state.
     
  4. Jun 26, 2006 #3

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    Remember the Stanford Prison Experiment :biggrin:
    http://www.prisonexp.org/slide-4.htm
     
  5. Jun 26, 2006 #4

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :surprised :surprised
     
  6. Jun 26, 2006 #5

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    That's pretty scary.:eek: If I should um.. disappear for a few days.. will you guys come looking for me?
     
  7. Jun 26, 2006 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    It sounds like a job for the Sisters and the Supersonic RV!
     
  8. Jun 26, 2006 #7

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    I agree. I'll put on my tracking device before I go down there so they can find me.

    I was just remembering the Milgram experiment:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
    <shudder> Changed my view of human nature forever.
     
  9. Jun 26, 2006 #8

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    I just spent 10 minutes having opera read that to me:rolleyes:
     
  10. Jun 26, 2006 #9

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    Had I known that you were even remotely amenable to experimentation, I would have made a proposition ages ago. :tongue2:
     
  11. Jun 26, 2006 #10

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    Yeah, I did that when in college. Though, at the time, it wasn't an option. We had to "volunteer" for a certain number of hours to earn full credit in our psych course. Mostly, I filled out a lot of surveys and answered boring questions, and probably screwed up a few students' research projects since I always answered whatever seemed most likely to get me done early with the full time credit. (Unpaid, involuntary volunteers don't really give you the results you might hope for.)
     
  12. Jun 26, 2006 #11

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    beware of moonbear and her bb gun
     
  13. Jun 26, 2006 #12
    How did you make Opera read the text?
     
  14. Jun 26, 2006 #13

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    I don't think those are the only two possible outcomes. A small percentage of subjects have been reported to develop insatiable urges to buy Disney pins. Unfortunately, there's no known treatment for that side effect, and the best we can do is keep the subjects comfortable at the pin trading stations. :biggrin:
     
  15. Jun 27, 2006 #14

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    I highlighted it, right clicked, and selected "read"
     
  16. Jun 27, 2006 #15

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    I keep wondering if I'll (unintentionally) give them unusual responses and all they'll get from me is a bunch of outlier scores that they'll just have to kick out. They won't ask me to participate anymore. I'll be blacklisted. :cry:
     
  17. Jun 27, 2006 #16

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    Yeah, but you're not offering any extra credit - just a good time. :wink:
     
  18. Jun 27, 2006 #17

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    It's pretty dangerous to get between the subjects and their pins, I understand. I've also heard of a related condition called Disney Pin Deprivation Disorder. Apparently it's very common and causes extreme anxiety and discomfort when the sufferer cannot obtain desired pins. You can look it up in the DSM-IV (Disney Syndromes Manual).:biggrin:
     
  19. Jun 27, 2006 #18

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    We have one of the larger vaccine trial units in the US here at Rochester. I participated in the Bird Flu vaccine trial. It wasn't much of my time, got some shots, gave some blood, and I got paid pretty well. Plus I was in one of the dosed groups so maybe I've gained some resistance, in addition to my preference to perch on the back of our couch and sleep with my head under my arm.
     
  20. Jun 27, 2006 #19

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    Did you guys read about the medical experiment that went wrong in england
    several guys nearly died, and now one will have to have all his finguers and toes amputated as they have gangereen.
     
  21. Jun 27, 2006 #20

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