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Old 21st February 2020, 11:55 AM   #1
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Psychology Experiment/Psychic Demonstration

I want to try a psychology experiment I read in a magazine decades ago. It was used as a demonstration of how one could pretend to be psychic with a little luck and knowledge of human nature.

People here are going to have to cooperate and not cheat to make it work.

I'm going to ask each of you to provide a list of three things. I'll spoiler block what I think your answers will be.
Each person needs to spoiler block their answers, and not look at my answers or anyone else's before they answer. Each of you needs to answer without knowing what anyone else answered.

Ready?

1. Name a color.
2. Name a flower.
3. Name a piece of furniture.




My prediction.
Red
Rose
Chair

The article claimed that the majority of people would choose these three answers. Granted, it was aimed more toward face to face interaction and quick answers. People here will probably take their time and give weird answers.
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Old 21st February 2020, 01:01 PM   #2
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Old 21st February 2020, 01:33 PM   #4
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I did indeed pick

red rose chair


amazing! I'm very dull!
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As I recall, the article presented it in the context of a carnival midway mind reading trick.

"Step up, pay your money, and write down a color, a flower, and a piece of furniture. If I can't guess what you picked, you win a prize."
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Old 21st February 2020, 01:52 PM   #6
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Old 21st February 2020, 02:05 PM   #7
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"Family Feud" has been working off the predictability of common answers to questions for decades.
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Sorry, I messed that up. Hope I caught it quick enough. I did it in the “quick answer,” mode.
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Old 21st February 2020, 02:23 PM   #9
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Not an unqualified success so far is it?

Of course, if you were to get a room full of people to write it down then say "someone has written..." you probably get a hit and impress the marks.
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Old 21st February 2020, 03:06 PM   #10
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When thinking in terms of what might be the most common answers, I did indeed pick all three. I won't bother to spoiler them. Had I not been thinking in those terms, though, I don't really know what I would have picked - if that makes any sense.
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Interesting...

Magenta (my brain went into a horrible flip-flop state between Chatruse, Magenta and Teal who can tell why these things happen? None would have qualified anyway so it doesn't matter)
Moth-orchid
Futon

I think it probably needs more setup.

And probably needs to be tuned to the audience a bit more.

i.e. Red Rose Chair. Lower-classes in England maybe?
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Sorry, I just realized that I broke the rules and had read the OP's mind instead. Sorry about that.
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I initially thought rose, but changed it because it was too linked to red.
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I followed the OP's rules, but the answers I chose were related to things I've recently dealt with or come in contact with in my real life (since there was no instruction to actually attempt to read the OP's mind). That's going to change the results.

For instance,
I think it's likely that people who garden will have a different distribution of answers for a flower than people whose main interaction with flowers is buying cut flowers as gifts. If your main use of color in your life is reading traffic signals and daydreaming about what color sports car you'd buy if you had more money, that limits your likely choices. The standard answers are those of a passive consumer of color, flowers, and furniture, either reflecting the answerer or the answerer's rather unflattering estimation of the questioner's mindset.
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Oh wow. Right on the money.

Does that work this way?
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Oh wow. Right on the money.

Does that work this way?
No, your examples are about restricting what seems to be a wide choice to what is actually a very small pool of answers and then picking the most common answer out of that small pool (because it's the most 'random sounding').

The OP's version is an almost unlimited pool of answers, but the answers given are the most common ones, they're nice simple words that will have been among the first you learned as a child and are likely to pop into plenty of people's minds if asked for their first answers, especially if put on the spot so they don't have a chance to get clever. Ask enough people and some of them will pop these out.
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Old 22nd February 2020, 03:01 PM   #27
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No, your examples are about restricting what seems to be a wide choice to what is actually a very small pool of answers and then picking the most common answer out of that small pool (because it's the most 'random sounding').

The OP's version is an almost unlimited pool of answers, but the answers given are the most common ones, they're nice simple words that will have been among the first you learned as a child and are likely to pop into plenty of people's minds if asked for their first answers, especially if put on the spot so they don't have a chance to get clever. Ask enough people and some of them will pop these out.

Yep. If the goal given in the OP was to actually attempt to read someone's mind, and I knew that person wanted me to succeed in doing so (and I didn't want the demo to fail), I'd have gotten the right answers. I'd just assume they'd make the most common answers the target to have the best chance to succeed.

That's related to another game that I'll describe for illustration purposes (but you can try it if you want, I'll post my own spoilered answer below): You and an adult total stranger from your own country are asked, in separate isolated rooms, to specify an amount of money, with no limits. If you both specify the same amount, you each win that amount of money. Otherwise you get nothing. What amount do you choose?


[DoctorEvil]One MIL-lllion dollars.[/DoctorEvil]
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That's related to another game that I'll describe for illustration purposes (but you can try it if you want, I'll post my own spoilered answer below): You and an adult total stranger from your own country are asked, in separate isolated rooms, to specify an amount of money, with no limits. If you both specify the same amount, you each win that amount of money. Otherwise you get nothing. What amount do you choose?
An infinite amount of money. You said I had to specify "an amount of money, with no limits". The only amount that has no limit is infinity. I saw right through your trick question. Ha!
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ETA: I went with the first that popped into my mind. I did consider going with the most unlikely answers I could think of, but I'm not that cruel. Two out of three "right", i.e. as predicted.
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People here will probably take their time and give weird answers.
Top prediction.

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There's a fun little card game that plays on this idea. It's called Medium.

Basically you and a partner each have a hand of cards with random words on it. You each choose one from your hand, play them at the same time, silently think of a word or phrase that connects them, then countdown 3, 2, 1 and blurt it out together. If you match words, you get points. So if "Beach" and "Taco" are played, maybe "Shell" is the word you both think of. No verbal or non-verbal communication is allowed except for saying the played words as you play them.

It's a fun game and some of the matches seem truly weird.
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I was 0 for 3, but I tried to think of non-obvious answers.
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I know the trick, so I'm going to go with

Chartreuse
Ghost orchid
Chaise-lounge


Just to mess with your statistics.
I was reading your mind while you were thinking and I came up with:

Greenish-yellow
Dendrophylax lindenii
Chaise-longue


I got them all wrong. I guess psychic powers aren't real.
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There's a fun little card game that plays on this idea. It's called Medium.

Basically you and a partner each have a hand of cards with random words on it. You each choose one from your hand, play them at the same time, silently think of a word or phrase that connects them, then countdown 3, 2, 1 and blurt it out together. If you match words, you get points. So if "Beach" and "Taco" are played, maybe "Shell" is the word you both think of. No verbal or non-verbal communication is allowed except for saying the played words as you play them.

It's a fun game and some of the matches seem truly weird.
It's one of our improv group games called Convergence, except it doesn't require any cards. Two people in the group come up with random base words (which surprisingly sometimes takes longer than one would think) -- the first one to think of one says "One" and holds up a finger, the next says "Two" and holds up two fingers. The group then chants "One, two, three" and the two players blurt their new "connected" words. If they're the same, the round ends. If different, the two new words become the base words and the round continues.

I don't believe we've ever gone past five non-connections in a round, and some of the leaps to connections are amazing! It is very pleasing to reach the same word with the same person a number of times in an evening.
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Originally Posted by xjx388 View Post
There's a fun little card game that plays on this idea. It's called Medium.

Basically you and a partner each have a hand of cards with random words on it. You each choose one from your hand, play them at the same time, silently think of a word or phrase that connects them, then countdown 3, 2, 1 and blurt it out together. If you match words, you get points. So if "Beach" and "Taco" are played, maybe "Shell" is the word you both think of. No verbal or non-verbal communication is allowed except for saying the played words as you play them.

It's a fun game and some of the matches seem truly weird.
There is a striking difference between the way you present this game, and the way the website you mention presents it.

You:
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No verbal or non-verbal communication is allowed except for saying the played words as you play them.

The website (https://store.greaterthangames.com/m...ab-description):
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In the game Medium, players act as psychic mediums, harnessing their powerful extra-sensory abilities to access other players’ thoughts. Together in pairs, they mentally determine the Medium: the word that connects the words on their two cards, and then attempt to say the same word at the same time!

Two cards. Two thoughts. One mind.

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Medium is a social word game of reading your friends’ minds!
In your description, all references to extra-sensory perception or mind reading have been erased.
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There is a striking difference between the way you present this game, and the way the website you mention presents it.

You:



The website (https://store.greaterthangames.com/m...ab-description):


In your description, all references to extra-sensory perception or mind reading have been erased.
Because they don't exist.
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There is a striking difference between the way you present this game, and the way the website you mention presents it.



You:







The website (https://store.greaterthangames.com/m...ab-description):





In your description, all references to extra-sensory perception or mind reading have been erased.


Well...yeah. That was on purpose.
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