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# psychological studies

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08 Oct 2005, 07:18
Journal: In some psychological studies, subjects were given statements that caused them to form new beliefs. Later, subjects told the original statements were false. The studies report, however, that the subjects persevered in their newly acquired beliefs, even when after told the original statements were false. This strongly suggests that humans continue to hold on to beliefs in the absence of credible evidence to sppt them.

Which one of the following most undermines argument?

(a) Regardless of the truth of what subjects were later told, the beliefs based on the original statements were, in most part, correct
(b) It is unrealistic to expect pple to keep track of the basis of their original statements , and to revise a belief when basis is undercut
(c) The statements originally given to subjects would be highly misleading even if true
(d) Most subjects had acquired confirmation of their newly acquired beliefs by the time they were told the original statements were false
(e) most subjects were initially sceptical of statements originally given to them.

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08 Oct 2005, 07:40
Go with D on this. D suggests there is a time element with regards to how much subjects hold onto their beliefs. This goes against the conclusion in the passage which suggests that subjects will hold onto their beliefts irregardless of what happens.

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08 Oct 2005, 11:55
I'll also go with D.

If people find out by themselves that the statement is true. That is a credible enough evidence to support their belief.

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08 Oct 2005, 12:19
The argument, humans continue to hold on to beliefs in the absence of credible evidence to sppt them, is undermined by <b>D</b> the most. If the humans acquired confirmation of their newly acquired beliefs by the time they were told the original statements were false, the argument is nullified.

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08 Oct 2005, 17:33
D, as explained by people before me!!!

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09 Oct 2005, 23:18
Another for D.

Conclusion says that ppl beleived the comments even after they were told the comments were false? We need a reason as to why the ppl would think that. If D were true, that tells us the reason!

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10 Oct 2005, 11:43
I choose D too.

But there is a were missing in the statement..I beilieve.
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14 Oct 2005, 06:54
The OA is D. Thks

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