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In a recent study examining the relationship between expectation and experience of flavor, researchers conducted a taste test with over 200 participants in which each person tasted two versions of a cola beverage, one of which they were told contained a “secret ingredient.” Because the secret ingredient was white vinegar, researchers were surprised when participants preferred the white vinegar version of the cola beverage by a margin of three to one.

Which of the following, if true, offers the best basis for an explanation of the fact that participants preferred the beverage containing white vinegar?

a Most people actually prefer a cola beverage containing white vinegar.
b Study participants focused on identifying the beverage with the “secret ingredient”.
c Researchers added only a small amount of vinegar to the cola.
d Study participants were selected based on their enjoyment of white vinegar.
e Most cola recipes contain no white vinegar.
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02 Aug 2009, 11:57
I would go for B.
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02 Aug 2009, 12:04
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I would go for B.

Can you explain further?
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02 Aug 2009, 19:45
B it is

If X happens -----> Y happens

Because the secret ingredient was white vinegar, researchers were surprised when participants preferred the white vinegar version of the cola beverage by a margin of three to one.

So if the scientists were surprised it will negate options A and E
D undermines the study.
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nplaneta wrote:
Interesting, I was between B and D and chose D.

noboru wrote:
Because the secret ingredient was white vinegar, researchers were surprised when participants preferred the white vinegar version of the cola beverage by a margin of three to one.

b Study participants focused on identifying the beverage with the “secret ingredient”.

IMO the word preferred indicates that the participants thought the soda w/ white vinegar tasted better.

I am definetly with A:

If most people IN FACT PREFER a cola beverage containing white vinegar, that explain (in other words: offer the best basis for an explanation) WHY participants preferred the beverage containing white vinegar.

Anybody challenge my argument?

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03 Aug 2009, 08:35
My choice is B. I understand how D is tempting, but I can't think of a valid reason for the researchers to choose people with a taste for white vinegar, as it would skew the results.
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My choice is B. I understand how D is tempting, but I can't think of a valid reason for the researchers to choose people with a taste for white vinegar, as it would skew the results.

In fact, if people had been selected based on their enjoyment of white vinegar, researches would not have been surprised with the results, would they?
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What was OA?

You dont wanna try first?
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nplaneta wrote:
Interesting, I was between B and D and chose D.

noboru wrote:
Because the secret ingredient was white vinegar, researchers were surprised when participants preferred the white vinegar version of the cola beverage by a margin of three to one.

b Study participants focused on identifying the beverage with the “secret ingredient”.

IMO the word preferred indicates that the participants thought the soda w/ white vinegar tasted better.

I did... I chose D, but now I am not too confident in my answer.

You were correct.
OA: D
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03 Aug 2009, 11:13
I too picked D, but got confused seeing the reasoning of snipertrader mentioning the keyword 'surprised'
It surprised me as I missed the word while analyzing.

Here, do we need to assume that researchers have picked the participants? Not necessary, that is why, they got surprised.
This is the only reason I see to justify the reasoning of the word 'surprise'.

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03 Aug 2009, 20:22
What is the source ?

I am still with B here.
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I go with D.
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03 Aug 2009, 22:28
if somebody goes for special ingredient cola how would they know it is vinegar?

nplaneta wrote:
Interesting, I was between B and D and chose D.

IMO the word preferred indicates that the participants thought the soda w/ white vinegar tasted better.

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SORRY EVERYBODY: OA is B dont know why i wrote D...
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Everybody agree with B?
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SORRY EVERYBODY: OA is B dont know why i wrote D...
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Everybody agree with B?

Thank god, its B. else i would have doubted my analysis. yes B it is
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