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15 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 07 July 2010 09:53PM

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Comment author: xamdam 08 July 2010 06:25:38PM 0 points [-]

yep, I remembered how many I got wrong, added to the comment.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 08 July 2010 07:03:50PM *  1 point [-]

I got all of them correct, because I didn't choose an answer until I knew which one was right, but it's supposed to be a test of "reflectiveness vs. impulsiveness" (not mentioned on the web page, but I googled the name of the test).

Presumably "impulsive" people are supposed to guess before they're sure of the answer, but is reading a general trait into performance on a test like this any better than reading meaning into an inkblot? The first hit on Google Scholar is critical of the test.

ETA: Here and here are articles saying it's only for use on children aged 6 to 12.

Comment author: xamdam 08 July 2010 07:59:24PM 0 points [-]

I agree with you, it is not clear from the test what you're trying to optimize; sorting rotten fruit vs. detecting cancer in xrays are two examples of 'visual examination' where optimal behavior is very different.

So this only makes a good point when your confidence is not well calibrated (rather than consciously settling for lower confidence). I suspect the "impulsive" group Stenovich has in mind are people who are "sure" of the wrong answer, and do not update with feedback.

Comment author: Sniffnoy 08 July 2010 08:23:29PM 0 points [-]

Yes, nowhere does it say whether you're supposed to be going for time or for accuracy!