Quoting Francis Swasey <[log in to unmask]>:
> Emily Stebbins wrote:
> > At 07:55 AM 2/8/2005 -0500, you wrote:
> >> ...the subject thinks he is playing with two other students sitting at
> >> screens in another room, but really the other figures are
> >> computer generated.
> > This seems like a bad study to me. How can one claim that software caused
> > the trauma if the subject thinks he's playing with humans?
> > A better study would have compared the resulting brain scan if the subject
> > knew he was playing with computers, and then the computers dissed him.
> Even if the subject has been playing with humans, would it have been the
> humans that caused the emotional trauma? No, it would have been the
> subject's response to the actions of the other participants that
> resulted in the emotional trauma.
> Frank Swasey | http://www.uvm.edu/~fcs
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I agree with Emily, the subject's response causes the trauma, but the
fundamental nature of that response is determined by the subject's belief that
he's intereacting with humans. If the subject beliefed otherwise, perhaps his
response would not have been "traumatic" in a psychological sense.
- Thomas McLeod, cs undergrad