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# Dr. Sheila Porter plans to run an experiment using nursing

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Dr. Sheila Porter plans to run an experiment using nursing students. Each student will be shown either a pleasant nature film or a disturbing horror film. Each student will be observed by someone whoâ€”looking only at the studentâ€™s facial expressionsâ€”must ascertain which film is being shown. Students shown the horror movie are told to hide their feelings in order to convince the observer that they are watching a pleasant film. Dr. Porter hypothesizes that all the students in the experiment who are convincing will be among the best at working with patients. The hypothesis will be tested by comparing the convincing students and unconvincing students in terms of their performance with patents.

Which one of the following incidents best illustrates Dr. Porterâ€™s hypothesis?

(A) Niles, the most convincing student in the experiment, later went on to become a physician.
(B) After graduating, Yoshiro, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, helped care for Bram, a patient at a hospital. Bram recovered from his operation.
(C) After graduating, Kim, a nursing student in the experiment who watched the nature film, was removed from the staff of a hospital for unacceptable performance in patient care.
(D) Daria, a nursing student who was convincing in the experiment, later received â€œAâ€™sâ€
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03 Aug 2004, 08:13
This was rather tough one..

Wrong choices are C, and E for sure..why/
C - we do not know whether the person was the 'convincing' type or the 'unconvincing' type. We cannot presume she was the 'unconvincing' type for her non-performance in the job.

E - she could have quit for any reason other than non-performance. If for reasons of non-performance this would have been a very strong choice.

now, the shortlist is A, B and D

B - is referring to one incident only. The hypothesis is referring to all convincing students being best with patients

A - Niles became a physician - meaning he deals with multiple patients. However it does not say 'successful physician' and puts this again in doubt.

D- looks like a strong choice to prove the hypothesis.

AArgh! pls post the OA quickly...else I will become a patient!! and dont tell me I am 'unconvincing'

Last edited by venksune on 03 Aug 2004, 09:37, edited 1 time in total.
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03 Aug 2004, 09:37
The hypothesis tries to prove that no matter what the patients suffering are the nurses have to be calm and those who can keep the emotions to themselves will be the best to take care of the patients.

its between B and D

B--is an isolated incidence. It clearly describes that one convincing person helped the suffering patient to recover from his ailment. But this cannot be generic

D--The best according to me. She probabily kept her emotions for the whole course and was the best to serve the patients.

All the other choices, according to me, are distracters

A--He was most convincing but then he may have been extraordinary

C--She was removed from the staff for unacceptable performance. We are not told about her convincing attrribute

E--She quit the school for what reason? we don't know.
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03 Aug 2004, 10:30
We can safely say that the pretending students are best with patients and cannot convincingly say they will be great doctors/nurses. They might just do it for grades.

(D) looks the best to me.
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03 Aug 2004, 20:46
D it is
A) could have been a physician for other reasons
B) maybe the patient's vitality allowed him to recover
C) was Kim convincing or not in the experiment?
D) She was convincing and had good grades when involved with taking care of patients and nothing else. Bingo
E) there could be other reasons for her quitting school
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04 Aug 2004, 01:11
Another vote for D
B is not convincing enuf. Role of Yoshiro in Bram's recovery is not a strong evidence to say for sure that she is excellent in working with patients
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04 Aug 2004, 01:21
OA is D
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21 Dec 2008, 04:55
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B and D are close but
i ll go for D. as B is a bit generalized and more precise is D.

D expresses that the same convincing student later received A's in those classes in which working with patients was the sole basis of her grades..
Dr. Porter hypothesizes that all the students in the experiment who are convincing will be among the best at working with patients...
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21 Dec 2008, 13:40
I don't see an answer choice E and the choice D is garbled with weird characters. Can some re post the D & E Choices?
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01 Jan 2009, 04:20
doubt b/w D & E?
Re: CR: experiment   [#permalink] 01 Jan 2009, 04:20
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