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  1. #1 Students Running Cogntive Science Questionnaire 
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    Hi,

    I'm at student at Universiteit van Amsterdam. This semester, as part of a course on cognitive science, me and some other students have devised an online questionnaire. You're participation would be greatly appreciated in our data collection efforts!

    The URL of our survey is:

    http://www.w-d.org/questionnaire/

    Thanks!

    ~xcthulhu


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    Not too long and harmless. Can you maybe elaborate a bit on the purpose of this questionnaire, or do you think it will affect the outcome?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER
    Not too long and harmless. Can you maybe elaborate a bit on the purpose of this questionnaire, or do you think it will affect the outcome?
    No problem; I'm happy to hear feedback! ...but I'll just write first

    PLEASE FILL OUT THE QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE READING ON! THANKS































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    There are four kinds of reasoning tasks on this survey, and a bunch of questions from the Autism Quotient test. Here are, symbolically, the schemes for the four reasoning tasks:

    A --> B
    A
    ------- (by Modus Ponens)
    B

    A --> B
    ~B
    ------ (by Modus Tollens)
    ~A

    and

    A --> B
    C --> B
    A
    -------
    B

    and

    A --> B
    C --> B
    ~B
    -------
    ~A

    The first two correspond to the questions in the first set of 10 reasoning tasks, the second correspond to the set in the second set of reasoning tasks. My Prof's hypothesis is that autists will embrace these patterns while non-autists will not (thus the Autism Quotient questions and the final question about ASD). He has complicated explanations for this which I don't agree with.

    Our group's working hypothesis is that our Prof is in error.

    If you do take this test, we're curious about why you rejected/embraced the second set of inferences.

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    Interesting. That test is the Autism-Spectrum Quotient test devised by Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen from Cambridge. You work out a score from the answers and then compare it to the average. The first trials they have run reveals that the average score in the control group was 16.4, but that 80% of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. That seems to be more than a simple coincidence to me? Have you processed any data yet and if so, what have you found with your prof's hypothesis regarding the rest of the questions?

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    I'd be genuinely interested in seeing the breakdown of the scores. If you can, after enough respondents have answered, perhaps you can give the correct answers to each question and why. I know how I answered (there was a distinct pattern though I found one question in the first set to break it -at least from my point of view).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinWalker
    I'd be genuinely interested in seeing the breakdown of the scores. If you can, after enough respondents have answered, perhaps you can give the correct answers to each question and why. I know how I answered (there was a distinct pattern though I found one question in the first set to break it -at least from my point of view).
    I should mention that I don't think there are right or wrong answers for this test. There are just predictions that one can make on how autists will answer and how non-autists will answer. I will try to give a breakdown of the scores... although I have to admit I have been advertising my study on several forums. Would it be possible for me to ultimately provide a link to a posting on another forum, or would you prefer that I mirror my over-view write-up here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER
    Interesting. That test is the Autism-Spectrum Quotient test devised by Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen from Cambridge. You work out a score from the answers and then compare it to the average. The first trials they have run reveals that the average score in the control group was 16.4, but that 80% of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. That seems to be more than a simple coincidence to me? Have you processed any data yet and if so, what have you found with your prof's hypothesis regarding the rest of the questions?

    LINK
    We actually don't run the full test. Other groups at my university are running online surveys too, and they have mentioned to me that if one makes the test more than 50 questions, almost half the people quit out of boredom.

    So we only run part of the AQ test (that is, I randomly selected 20 questions out of the 50). We'll gather our own statistics on the average score and check if there's a positive correlation between classical logic reasoning and higher scores.
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    Would it be possible for me to ultimately provide a link to a posting on another forum, or would you prefer that I mirror my over-view write-up here?
    If its not too long, you can post the whole thing, sure. If it is much longer than your second post in this thread though, then I'd prefer a short summary followed by the link or alternatively, if it would be too much of a bother, just the link will do. I hope you get some useful information from this. Interesting stuff. :wink:
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    Well,
    I have banged my way through the questionnaire, it will be interesting to see the results, should I be worried ?
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