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# A number of college students were recruited by the psychology

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Re: A number of college students were recruited by the psychology [#permalink]
Shwarma wrote:
IMO D

Conclusion : more money- less enjoyment in the menial test
Less money- more enjoyment in the menial task

So the hypothesis should prove, or support this conclusion.

D: higher worry on more money > higher mind load > less enjoyment and vice versa .

C: talks about justification of their participation doesn’t mean.. they enjoyed it.. is my assumption.

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GMATninja2 GMATNinja I too chose the same option for the above reason. Can you help us with the flaw in our reasoning?
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Re: A number of college students were recruited by the psychology [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
­A number of college students were recruited by the psychology department to participate in a paid, unspecified experiment, which turned out to be a menial, monotonous counting exercise. Unbeknownst to the students, half of the participants were paid a meager rate for their participation, while half received a generous rate. After the counting exercise was complete, each student was asked questions on his or her perception of the counting exercise. Surprisingly, the participants who had been paid less reported higher levels of enjoyment in completing the exercise than the higher-paid participants did.

Which of the following hypotheses, if true, best accounts for the ﬁndings of the experiment?

A. In both groups, the portion of the brain activated by counting was disrupted by the exercise and distorted perceptions of financial quantities.

B. Those who counted faster in the experiment experienced more satisfaction than those who counted more slowly.

C. The participants who were paid less had more motivation, conscious or unconscious, to justify their participation in the menial exercise.

D. The energy expenditure of counting in the human mind was associated with the cognitive load of worrying about a quantity of money.

E. Counting is most capably performed by accountants, whose level of satisfaction is highest while they are at work.

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Reading the question: we read about the menial, monotonous counting exercise and learn that the participants who were paid less liked it more. How could this be possible? A prediction doesn't spring to mind. The key is that the correct answer will need to link 1) getting paid less with 2) higher levels of enjoyment. And it must do so without fighting any of the facts on the table.

Applying the filter: what answer choices do this? Most answer choices fail to connect to the first of the two parts, lower pay.In fact, (C) is the only answer choice that connects to points 1) and 2). Does it explain this situation? Yes: it gives a reason for unpaid individuals to state higher levels of enjoyment--exactly what we were looking for.