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dc.contributor.advisor Lane, David M.
dc.creatorYang, Minmin
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:37:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:37:31Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/17930
dc.description.abstract People are often biased in their perception of randomness in that they tend to see patterns in random distributions. This is a serious problem because the accurate perception of randomness can be important in decision-making. This research presents three experiments investigating (a) the generality of this bias in randomness perception and (b) the trainability and transfer of the ability to judge randomness. The three experiments replicated the finding that people tend to judge random sequences as systematic. However, no evidence was obtained that the same bias occurs in judging lottery outcomes, thus calling into question the generality of the bias. No evidence was found for reducing people's perception bias with a short period of training. No evidence was found for far transfer though near transfer did occur.
dc.format.extent 58 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectExperimental psychology
dc.title Perception of randomness: Bias, learning and transfer
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Psychology
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Yang, Minmin. "Perception of randomness: Bias, learning and transfer." (2006) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/17930.


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