Monday, December 2, 2013

Psychology Games

Try a couple and report your findings by Friday 7am

Is this science? Why or why not?
What insights did you gain (and not gain) from the survey(s) you completed?
Review the test again, Choose a question you considered valid, one you considered problematic, and explain why.


  1. Cynthia
    I took the face perception test. The aim of this experiment is to test people’s preferences for faces with two different personality traits: introversion and extroversion. The test showed that I seem to have a preference for extrovert faces; sociable, talkative and enjoy group activities. (60%) than introvert (40%); reserved, quiet and happy to be left on their own. This means I might also prefer partners who have this personality type.
    After taking what do you think of yourself test my answers suggest that I am quite comfortable in either situation. I can probably cope with things being a bit hectic or a bit quiet but, like most people, I may find extremes in either direction uncomfortable or annoying and I may be more interested in the creative, new and experimental aspects of situations than dealing with the routine practicalities.
    Both of these games and findings are science because they both relate to human science which is the study and interpretation of human behavior and thinking and these games was used to interpret my way of thinking conscious and unconsciously. I gained insights from this games about myself that I didn’t know for example I didn’t know I have 60% preference for extrovert faces.
    A question that I considered valid was if I can achieve my goal and a problematic question was if I was unemotional and it was a problematic question because sometimes I find myself unemotional and sometimes the opposite.

  2. George
    I took the test for Adultery, Millionaire, along with the Gender and Emotion Test. For the adultery test it said that I had low chance of having an affair. For the millionaire test it said that I was in the top group for becoming a millionaire. For the Gender and Emotion test was confusing to determine the results for as, the gave me lots of statistics on how fast my response time was in identifying emotions and genders. I found that some of tests I was not able to take because they were no longer offered. With the results from the tests that gave me comprehensible information, I believed that the answer it gave was correct, as most of the qualities they listed in the description, I felt like I fit them. However, it is not easy to judge the accuracy of these test, as it is difficult to come up with definitions for the qualities that comprise each subgroup. Also, the tests that determine which subgroup you fall under, are not entirely accurate, as how is it possible to determines one qualities from these questions, as they are just asking for their personal opinions. Also, people can also just lie on their response to get the answer they want to hear. I also need to bring up the possibility of people changing over time, where this can alter the possible outcomes of the test, as new experiences can change their behaviors. I really don't believe that this is a science because there are just too many variable to control, which can lead to results that are not exact. Also, many of the ideas that are tested in these surveys are difficult to define even, so how can they test them if they have problems determining there meaning, like poverty or intelligence. A question that I considered problematic was "Which of these sayings best sums up your attitude to money?" I considered this question problematic because the responses that were given were very disputable, as people can think of all of the answers, having to pick one of them is very hard, which could lead to a different result. A question that I considered to be valid would be really none of them because there was one answer choice that I did not agree with, but the others I slightly agreed with. However, all of these questions were difficult to be valid, as they were targeted to get a specific answer of people, and because you have to choose an answer it makes it more difficult, as maybe you don't agree with all the answers, and you have to pick a specific one that may not be exactly what you agree with.

  3. Hyon
    I took the "What sex is your brain? test and overall my score was a 0 so it fell neither into female or male side of the line. This test was made up of 6 parts. Some parts suggested that I have more of a female brain, while others suggested that I have more of a male brain. The different parts looked into a variety of things such as spatial ability, dominant brain side, the ability to judge emotions. I believe this is science. It was a way to gather data and use it to see what abilities or traits are more common within different genders. It allowed me to compare my results to the average scores that male and females would receive. I found out that females are better at empathizing. I also found that a male's ring finger is usually longer then their index while in a female's index and ring finger is usually the same length. One question involved spotting if there was a difference in an object's position. I considered it valid because it states something I've learned in psychology about how the corpus callosum in females are larger, which allows them to process multiple things simultaneously. One question I found problematic involved rating the attractiveness of faces. It told me my result but it did not state how that contributed to whether my brain would be female or male.

  4. Odunayo

    I would consider this a pseudoscience or a soft science because of the subjectivity. While some people may not have a "focused" mind, others may be notice things that the observers weren't aware of. They surveys I took said that I have a sharp mind yet i failed to see the extra leg and ear. Both surveys are generated by looking at the past to come up with expected behaviors. I found a question that asked what a pig would most likely to eat troublesome. I chose bacon not because they said pig but because a bunch of justification i made in my head. The computer said that I was wrong and that I connected the pig to the bacon when, in fact, I was looking at other ways to justify my choice. The word choice of some of the questions seemed tilted more towards one answer than the others.

  5. Jose

    For this activity, I participated in the experiments regarding favorite styles of art, my tolerance for disgust, and my ability to identify fake smiles. Regarding whether or not this was science, I do believe that it is, to an extent. In science, it is not unusual for scientists to try and gather common characteristics of a topic or study at hand. For example, the test I took on disgust looked for common characteristics concerning what people were disgusted with. It was found that people generally scored higher rates of disgust toward things that could pose harm to one’s health. Some insight I got that connects to this general principle was that it is somewhat reliable to draw conclusions on common responses; you do not have to be in a lab to conduct an experiment, nor do you need any convoluted sets of materials and procedures to determine something. I did, however, draw from this an interesting observation that kind of connects back to our current topic of surveys and data. I messed up a few times on my surveys, clicking the wrong bubble thinking it was for something else. The computer doesn’t know that I messed up, so it used my error to make a conclusion. It made me realize that not everything in science is “fact”, per se. Science that relies on observations and surveys, especially those asking you to rank things, are not entirely representative of the scientific topic at hand. I found all the questions regarding disgust as valid because they reflect common characteristics in survey-based science today. Throughout the art preference survey, there was a question for each piece concerning the level of talent you thought an artist had. I can understand the survey asking to rate which pieces of art you liked and disliked, but this question seemed problematic in that it’ll be affected by how much you like the painting.

  6. Sagen

    The first test I took was to test my morality. The results stated, "You will see ethical and moral values as important to the needs of society and will appeal to basic rights or values." I thought this was a reasonably accurate response because I see myself as a person who wants justice for all. I would say that I'm a pretty honest person and I like to keep my promises. The other survey I took was a career test. Based on the questions I answered, the results showed my likeliness of enjoying Enterprising, Investigation, Conventional, Social, and Realistic aspects of work. My answers to this test concluded that I might be interested in Enterprising types such as persuading and influencing people. An Investigative type was also concluded by the test to be an interest of mine. This refers to thinking critically and working with information to which will lead to a decision. Nonetheless, it was also shown that I am less likely to work in the other three environments. For Conventional and Realistic I understood completely why I wouldn’t be interested. It also stated that I would not like to help or teach people because I'm less likely to do Social type work. However, this is the field that I have desired to work in. I'm not interested in the typical fields of this work, such as teacher, counselor, police officer, etc.; but i still would like to give back to the people.

    Although I was satisfied with most of the results that came from both surveys, I do not think it is considered a science. TO begin, surveys can be unreliable in many different ways. The wording of a statement or questions can confuse the thinking of the subject(s) taking the survey. Also, people's answers can also prove to be unreliable. We all try to hide our own biases when we answer the questions because we want a certain outcome to arise from the answers that may or may not be tainted.

    One question I considered to be problematic was: "Think about a time when you have promised something to a friend. How important is it for people to keep promises, if they can, to their friends?" I say this because the survey only gives you a select number of answers to choose from. This is limiting because everyone's opinion about this matter may not be listed as one of the statements. I did not find any of the questions from either of my tests to be valid because just like the question stated earlier, they were all limiting because they only had specific answers one could choose from.

  7. Edwin
    I first took game link 1. I tried it twice. First time I made sure to get the correct answers, and in the second try I made sure to click wrong answers. For both results my brain was classified as sharp but in different ways but both meaning dumb. The first result had me at as smart as a drunken bee and the second said I was as sharp as a 2 day old doughnut. Because of the results I do not consider this as valid as the results were sounding similar but were very confusing.
    The second test I did was the Necker cube test. Based on the results I was believed to be introvert, which basically means that like to keep to myself. This test I saw ass a pseudoscience as I related it to horoscopes as the results that I got was really the one I wanted to hear. I took the test again and received the same result even though I clicked different answers this time.
    The third test I did was the artist one. The result was that I was an impressionist. “Impressionist paintings often appear on mugs, calendars and posters. However, they weren't always so socially acceptable. Impressionist painters were initially criticized for attempting to capture the fleeting effects of light and colour found in nature.” Of this I’m not so sure because I do like nature like paintings but I usually like painters that reflect battles from the medieval time and up to the 20th century. Why I’m not sure. In terms of being accurate I don’t think it was very accurate as the results were only limited to 6 types of arts and they were quite general in definition.

  8. I think that this is a science because like the human science chapter the answers aren't always direct but try to be. Even after completing a test it says I shouldn't rely on the test to determine my personality, because we can't truly test someones personality. I think I gained a lot of insight towards my possible true personality because for instance the link to two states that I am as sharp as a human chainsaw which I find odd because I always act like I don't get the jokes sometimes. The most problematic test was the result of my possible job based on my personality it said i was investigative but i thought i would be social due to my personality. The art test was probably valid because it said I was creative and abstract which I am. I agree with it because I am always saying and thinking random things. The most confusing test was the sex mind test I didn't understand it and performed the color part wrong. IN the end I didn't know whether I was mentally male or female. I also conclude that my results for personality are opposite to how I act.

  9. Ganiu
    Mine talked about the mind sex, art and personality test.

  10. Kolleen
    When I took the “Perfectionist” survey I found some problematic questions. One problematic question was "If I fail at work/school, I am a failure as a person." It asked how much the person agreed or disagreed with it. The language used in the question was strict in my opinion. The words "fail" and "failure" used in that sense could convey a number of degrees to different people. Some people may take the word failure more harshly than others. Therefore, when people who respond very poorly to that word read the question, they may not be as truthful in their response because the word may have a different degree of severity to others. Perhaps a less intense word should have been used in order to help determine if the surveyor is a perfectionist or not.
    After taking the survey "Spot the fake smile," I found a question that I considered valid. One question I considered valid was "Is this person's smile fake or genuine?" I believe there is a science to spotting a fake smile from a real one. I took the survey twice. The first time I took it I got 10/20 correct. Then I took it for a second time two days after. The second time I took the survey, I got 16/20 correct. When I did it the second time I tried to not remember my previous answers (the best I could) and I applied what I read about determining a fake smile from a real one. It said, "When a smile is genuine, the eye cover fold - the fleshy part of the eye between the eyebrow and the eyelid - moves downwards and the end of the eyebrows dip slightly." I looked at the eye cover fold and when I saw it move downward I indicated that it was a genuine smile. I believe it is science because if a person were to do the same process as me I am sure that they would get similar results.
    I also completed another survey about perception. From this survey, I learned that introverts are likely to choose introverted partners and extroverts are likely to choose extroverted partners. Yet, this is not always the case. People also choose their partners based on their partner’s personality. Information from the survey also indicated that people with similar personalities tend to have long-term relationships. I suppose this is true because in general people are less likely to fuss with people who are in accord with them. One thing I expected to gain from this survey but did not gain was whether or not I could “guess someone’s personality from their face.” That is what the description was but what I truly learned was whether or not I preferred extroverts over introverts.

  11. Shaunakay
    Colors, Colors (Link 2)
    Focus Pocus (Link 1)
    Is this science?
    For both games, yes it could be science because these results are justifiable to a certain extent. They're general test which is not specifically made to be compatible for everyone but it can test your intellectual and systematical study of your mind. So the results are not necessarily correct, but it give you an idea.

    I've played similar games like this before, the only insight i got was from the colors colors game because it is interesting to see that we cannot process what we read and what we see at the same time. We are trained to just go by what we read but not what we see. So as i went through the test, the color of the word would be blue, but the word pink would be written. As hard as I tried to concentrate, it still did not make a huge difference.

    Problematic and valid?
    Valid: In this experiment you are required to say the color of the word, not what the word says. -I've seen this test used so many times and it just measures your concentration. It doesn't justify that you are in the same category as something else because with a general test, there is no way to do that efficiently.

    Problematic: How closely do you pay attention? Test yourself on your ability to focus (or not!).- I was asked three questions and I guess I got some one all wrong and it automatically classified me as someone "as smart as drunken bees". I see the humor in it, but that's not true so it is definitely problematic.

  12. I went onto taking a survey about morals and identifying fake smiles. This shows a sense of science to an extent for the majority of the topics but for some, I would not classify it as science. For the survey I took on morals, it tested me on how I would act on certain situations. This was an experiment to test the amount of morals I had. The results were accurate because it showed how much moral I have and it is most likely true. For the fake smile game it definitely portrayed itself as science because it experimented how it studied our brain and if we were able to observe the movement of the muscles in the cheek. Some insights that I gained from the game is that for testing the fake smile you had limited amount of time and it just tested how well you were, to quickly observe their smiles. Also for the moral survey I was able to see variety of options that sometimes did not correlate to the answer I gave. The problem would be the time for the fake smile game, just like stated before.The time was limited so I would guess the answer at the end, making it invalid. A valid question for the moral survey would be the question asking "think about a time when you have promised something to a friend. How important is it for people to keep promises, if they can, to their friends?" This question is valid because you can connect it to any of your friends and you are able to answer the question with your full knowledge or experience. A question that would be invalid is "How important is it for the courts to send people who break the law to prison?" because there are many different crimes people commit and only because you break the law does not mean you have done any crime to go to jail. This type of question can be problematic for your choice and may affect your results of morals.
    -Yeni 3A

  13. Mario: So I took three quizzes one was on gender and emotion, the other on disgust and the last one on recognizing fake smiles. I actually found the gender and emotion survey most difficult because of the way they switched buttons for gender and emotions and you had to decide whether it was a male or female or if they were happy or sad and with the buttons being mixed up it take a while to sort out. Like I literally took much longer to process the information which was good because it targeted my frontal lobe just as the survey intended. With the disgust survey I think I actually was put into the category that was normal to be disgusted by because i was only disgusted to things that either resembled diseases or had the coloring that reminded of diseases or an unhealthy person who seemed to have bad hygiene. Like I was completely grossed out by anything that showed an infectious woman on the body. What I found interesting was how people may find a dirty soccer ball to be disgusting. But overall that was an interesting survey. Now the fake smiles I actually got 10/20 correct so 50%. I thought I could truly tell fake smiles from real smiles but there was this one row where I completely got every smile correct so I think that was pretty good. But I think getting at least half correct is still pretty good. Overall these surveys were pretty fun to do and reminded me of the surveys we took last year on racism. I would consider this to be science because psychology is a science even though it is a soft science. Research is being done to learn more about how our frontal lobes operate in some surveys while in others we tested our attention. With research like this it can be used toward scientific data. From the surveys i gained that my frontal lobe has trouble distinguishing genders with emotions. From the surveys a question i saw as problematic was putting together gender and emotions because the color and facial expression confused me and made my judgment off. Questions i considered valid were those from the disgusting survey because much of it was used to purposely make you discussed while other images were specifically used to not make you feel disgusted. Overall these games were very interesting and fun to do!

  14. Jamilet Cordon
    My surveys Included a personality test and a memory test. Yes I would consider these survey as a science because the surveys had data that can be comparable to a national average, additional concepts were added in the survey aside from memory and personality. The surveys in general were testing the brains reaction time, understanding, memory, the sphere in the brain that is more active, there were so many scientific characteristics in the survey that were seen mainly through brain study. In addition the survey's were generally health related topics, including others such as emotions, & activities. In conclusion I consider it as a human science.

    Well I learned that these survey's are all testing our brain capability. Each one has its own approach, some uses more scientific methods, through measurement in time, and length. There are several trails of repeating the same thing. Also that this can only be considered accurate if you could self-evaluate yourself. Many of these questions asked what where our preferences, and it even asked us if we find yourself physically attractive. There is a sense of biased on these questions, because many people might not answer these questions truthfully. That's what I gathered from each of these survey, I liked my responses or and answers, for the personality test would ask me to self-evaluate myself and I answered truthfully. It also asked me how I would personalize my future partner and I just clicked on all the ones on the middle, basically stating that I don't have any preference and that I would be fine with either personality, Introverted or Extraverted and to my surprise I answered truthfully my results were 50% 50% . And my memory with recognizing faces is extremely high from the average for one of them, 81% was my score for remembering in which trial I saw the picture the average is 68% and i scored 91% in remembering if i even saw the face the average was 92%. I was pleased with my results.

    One I consider problematic is one of the personalty questions asking is one considers themselves physically attractive. I mentioned it in my comment, above.

    One I consider valid is the memory questions. They made you see two sets of pictures. and at the end you were to identify if you ever saw the picture they present to you and if you have you identify where exactly you saw that picture in part one or part two. It made sense and there was self-evulating, it was either yes you saw it or no you didn't.

  15. Juwan

    After playing the game on National Geographic, I must admit that I was slightly confused. I was only aske three questions and once I took the test again I was not allowed to pick the same answers, so I did not know whether or not my answers were correct. Then, I was basically told that my brain was not sharp at all. There was no justification thought; the website did not elaborate on a personal basis and it was hard to determine the relevance of the three questions. I would say that the test was science based, merely because it was on National Geographic. If it were not on there I would be skeptical about its credibily since there was a lack of explanation and a justification of the results. The most valid question to me was the one that asked for a difference in ht epictures. I considered this valid because it clearly showed the importance of paying attention. The most problematic question was the pencil question. I felt rushed even though I wasnot timed, which caused me to simply pick an answere that looked right instead of working the problem out. Now I realize how much people fail to pay attention each day. We dont notice channges that take place in our immediate vicinity. It makes me feel so ignorant to the world. The more you know, the more you know that you don't know sugar, honey, ice, nor tea.

  16. Meng

    I think that some of the surveys are science and some of them are not. The one where our focus are being tested can not be identify as science because way the questions were being word it. We had to choose on out of the three selections and there only three questions in total, so it was not very accurate. However, I think the one with the video does consider as science because it discuss the way our brains functions. While watching the video, I did not notice any changes in the table setting or the change in appearance of the characters, I mainly focus on their dialogue, and as they call it, the change blindness. The problematic question they had was the first question they ask, whether we have notice any unusual things throughout the video aside from the dialogue? This question is too vague and it almost direct us to the right direction to find the answer since it has point it out already. I think a question that is valid is in the survey where we had to look at the color words and tell the color and not the word. This can test how fast our brains works which is able to tell the way we perceive things.

  17. (Maxwell)
    I do in fact believe this is science because it is a portion to human sciences, whereas surveys sometimes may be conducted for experiments involving humans to answer question to represent data; which I saw a lot of in the links that I chose. I gained insight on the kind of personality traits that I have been most associated with and the professions that I would be best suited for. Surveys can help determine human features or factors that you are not always aware of. One question that I thought was very problematic was, "Are you in rich in vocabulary?" I believe questions like these could not be answered honestly and may hinder the results from the survey. A question that was valid was, "How do you see this work of art?" Because it shouldn't be a question that may be hindered by lying or untruthful answers, its either you like it or you don't in my opinion. I didn't gain much insight on things more complex about the brain that I didn't know of unfortunately.

  18. Blanca V.
    I think this is science because they are using experiments to collect data. Although there is a probability that one may cheat or not answer truthfully... data still being gathered and used for a higher purpose. I didn't really gain any insight from the tests besides that I enjoy Japanese art, that deals with nature more than other types of arts. And that my brain thinks like a female most of the time.. but after all aren't I a female so why would it think like a male? Like I'm talkative and sympathetic and am not good with spotting differences, but I knew that. One of the questions for one of the games was Which is moving faster, a roller coaster, a race car or a sky diver, or were all moving at the same speed... I don't think this question is valid and is certainly problematic because obviously it doesn't apply to all of the roller coasters.. some may go really fast as fast as maybe a race car while others may go very slow. or maybe we can take into account when the race car is stopping for a rest stop the sky divers speed may be faster than the race car then. I liked a problem they stated about probability though.The question was "If you have 4 grey socks and 5 blue socks in your drawer, how many do you have to take out to make sure you have a matching pair?" This question deals more with logic, it has an answer that can be derived. I think that's what makes something valid.. whether it can be proven to be correct and a firm answer is established.

  19. Ashanti 3A

    The games were all very strange. The one I found most interesting was the game where you're like this little character and you're forced to take care of it, mate it, feed it, and basically you're in control of their every move. I didn't understand what the implications of playing this game were. Was this game simply an example of whats its like to be human, or was there a deep conntections to my brain funtion and who I am as a person than I can tell. Its interesting seeing with the game they're more or less like surveys to help determin an outcome about you.

  20. Paola 3A

    I did two different sites two on game link and one on game link 1. On the first game link, I did two test: One on discovering what sex is your brain and the other disgust. As I was taking the sex ID the majority of the questions were understandable such as what a person finds more attractive, with both a male seeking a female or vice versa. And on the disgust one, it was depending what you would like to touch or wouldn't want to touch. I think to an extent they are both scientific because scientists had already found many and many results as they ask humans each part of the questions in order to discover why we think and act the way we do. Although this is not biology, because it does not answer how our cells would be the cause the way we think directly, but indirectly we receive signals from certain parts of the body depending on what sense perception we use to connect to whatever substance, but the reason for thinking is not the same. Like on the disgust test, one part it was showing me 3-4 different bowls of different substances. With those substances it asked whether I want to touch it or not. The majority of them I was not disgusted since my thoughts were not generally thinking whether or not it was similar, it was more like would this give me a disease or not, but since I saw the finger already touched it I thought automatically it's not bad. Although certain things made me think about touching it, if they would allow me to touch with my bare hands or with gloves when it came to the cuts and burn ones. I wouldn't mind touching it but with gloves because it would be awfully bad to touch them with my bare hands as it would not only affect me but the person with those cuts and burns. I dislike the results as they assume what my thoughts were but it was like giving me a result of the general public. On most surveys they just depend the results from your test and then compare them to others, or the average person. Some did not tell me specifically what I want to know.

    On the sex ID one, I think it was fun doing it, took time, and required a lot more than something simple, like the one from the national geographic one, they were too short and I didn't understand how to get the finally result. Well, on this test the one I find valid to me is the one where they gave us two different words, on each you had to write as many things that resembles that word, therefore they first give one word and then we type for like a minute, and the other same thing. Everyone gets two words, grey and happy. And as a result, since I wrote more than the usual, it said those that types more words are most likely to be women as females are the ones who knows about 15,000 and and men would generally say about 7,000. I think it's valid, as the majority of the females say a lot more than men, as I think men want to either get the conversation or just have a short bit rate when it comes to shortening their thoughts than expressing it. One problematic question would be emotions and systems, where at first they ask a series of questions and you answer them by saying either on the agreements: slightly or definitely and the same thing for disagreement side. I had a 7 out of 20, and it is put into the category where it says it is less than the average of men, but women would usually have more 10. It confused me since I was thinking do I care less? Then a friend of mine had a result who had a higher result and it was a guy. Then we compared our other results that follows right after where we had to determine, just looking at the eyes, their emotion. I had 8 out of 10 but my friend had less than half and before it says those that empathizes more are able to determine the emotion simply through the eyes, and I wasn't consider one but did a lot better on looking at the people's eyes. I just think that could be something that can be misunderstood or unless I disagreed or agreed with something. Other than that I think I can say it does say a lot about yourself in some sort of way.

  21. Ya-Marie
    Some may consider it science others may not. I believe that it is science because you are trying to explore and understand something and that is what I consider science, attempting you to find a theory or a discovery not known or that can affect man.
    Taking the brain focus challenge made me realize that I am smart and focused but because I understand myself better than a computer, I only focus when I feel the need to. Also when taking the colors colors test the difference in time was only one second, so I conclude based on the theory that I pay attention better. I did learn that I have change blindness in the movie perception test, because I did not notice any of the editing mistakes made, so maybe awareness of things are not as strong as I thought they are based on other test.
    Overall I do not believe that these test truly define you. Because there are many other things that may have an effect on the reason why you function or act the way you do which was explained in the Who am I? video.
    The most problematic test for me was part one in the sex I.D test, where you had to match a specific line to all the lines in a degrees on a semi-circle. That was difficult because the line in a specific angle looked similar to another line in another angle.

  22. Nya
    I think that this is part if an experiment but not necessarily science. It could be a form of science but without a true working definition. Science in the form of studying people. I think because of my personal bias I didn't gain any insight from the survey because I didn't want to in a way. I was looking for my score as more of a reflective evaluation that wasnt so comparative to other people. A question I found problematic was "How would you describe yourself?". There were only a few words to choose from, and they all had a connotation to them that made it hard to choose which words would best fit.


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