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# As per a new study happy people are likely to eat sugary sweets, while

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As per a new study happy people are likely to eat sugary sweets, while hopeful people choose healthier options such as fruits to snack on. Researcher’s hypothesize that the reason behind this difference in choice is that when people feel hope, they are thinking about the future and hence make smarter eating choices. Accordingly, when people feel happy, they are either content with their present situation or taking pride in their past glory.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the researcher’s hypothesis?

(A) The feeling of contentment is dependent on the expectation that the present actions will not bear negative consequences

(B) Some of the participants in the study felt neither happy while thinking about a past situation nor hopeful while thinking about a future one.

(C) Access to sugary sweets was not greater for participants who felt hopeful.

(D) Various other studies have shown that people who feel sad about their current or past situations choose to eat unhealthy foods.

(E) It is not impossible for a person to feel contentment and pride at the same time
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12 Jul 2018, 21:42
researcher concludes: the researcher states that people who are happy tend to eat sweets and those who are hopeful tend to eat choose healthier options.

what is the basis?: he basis this hypothesis on the following: happy people tend to be content with their present situation or are taking pride in past glory and hopeful people think about future and make healthier eating choices.

problem with reasoning of researcher: in case of happy people, can pride be = contentment

B. 'SOME' does not refer to a lot so we can eliminate

D. this only 'kind of' weakens one part of the argument...I say kind of because...we can't use this as an absolute weakener, it only tells us sad people make unhealthy eating choices, it does not tell us if that logic can be used to negate the fact that happy people eat unhealthy.... it doesn't talk about hopeful people eliminated

E. this strengthens the argument, this is a fault that I found with the reasoning of the researcher in pre thinking...it fixes that issue so eliminated

hence by process of elimination answer is A
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12 Jul 2018, 21:55
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As per a new study happy people are likely to eat sugary sweets, while hopeful people choose healthier options such as fruits to snack on. Researcher’s hypothesize that the reason behind this difference in choice is that when people feel hope, they are thinking about the future and hence make smarter eating choices. Accordingly, when people feel happy, they are either content with their present situation or taking pride in their past glory.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the researcher’s hypothesis?

Something about eating sugary sweets has to do with the future OR something about healthier snacks such as fruits has to do with either the past or the present. = WEAKEN

(A) The feeling of contentment is dependent on the expectation that the present actions will not bear negative consequences (in the future) Correct
(B) Some of the participants in the study felt neither happy while thinking about a past situation nor hopeful while thinking about a future one. - 'The Present' is not considered here as stated in the passage.
(C) Access to sugary sweets was not greater for participants who felt hopeful. Irrelevant
(D) Various other studies have shown that people who feel sad about their current or past situations choose to eat unhealthy foods. Sad people not HAPPY PEOPLE as stated in the stem
(E) It is not impossible for a person to feel contentment and pride at the same time - Either one of those and not both (as highlighted above).
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12 Jul 2018, 22:15
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As per a new study happy people are likely to eat sugary sweets, while hopeful people choose healthier options such as fruits to snack on. Researcher’s hypothesize that the reason behind this difference in choice is that when people feel hope, they are thinking about the future and hence make smarter eating choices. Accordingly, when people feel happy, they are either content with their present situation or taking pride in their past glory.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the researcher’s hypothesis?

(A) The feeling of contentment is dependent on the expectation that the present actions will not bear negative consequences
(B) Some of the participants in the study felt neither happy while thinking about a past situation nor hopeful while thinking about a future one.
(C) Access to sugary sweets was not greater for participants who felt hopeful.
(D) Various other studies have shown that people who feel sad about their current or past situations choose to eat unhealthy foods.
(E) It is not impossible for a person to feel contentment and pride at the same time

- Stimulus:
Happy people: sugary sweets
Hopeful prople: healthier options such as fruits
Hypothesis:
+ people feel hope, they are thinking about the future and hence make smarter eating choices
+ people feel happy, they are either content with their present situation or taking pride in their past glory

The argument relies on the assumption that reason for people choices is their felling. in reality, there may be different reason: They choose and then they feel.

IMO: A
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