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Intro - General Psychology 47.101 Fall 2006 Instructor Dr...

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1 General Psychology 47.101 Fall 2006 Instructor: Dr. Michelle C. Haynes Ever wondered why sometimes the moon looks so big? Why is peek a boo so “fun” for kids? Why do people feel “high” on drugs? Imagine that the U.S. is preparing for the outbreak of an unusual disease, which is expected to kill 600 people. Two alternative programs to combat the disease have been proposed. Assume that the exact scientific estimates of the consequences of the programs are as follows: If program A is adopted, 200 people will be saved. If program B is adopted, there is a 1/3 probability that 600 people will be saved and a 2/3 probability that nobody will be saved. Which of the two programs would you favor? Imagine that the U.S. is preparing for the outbreak of an unusual disease, which is expected to kill 600 people. Two alternative programs to combat the disease have been proposed. Assume that the exact scientific estimates of the consequences of the programs are as follows: If program C is adopted, 400 people will die. If program D is adopted, there is a one-third probability that nobody will die and a two-thirds probability that 600 people will die. Which of the two programs would you favor?
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