Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Monday 17 December 2007

Gardening and Psychology

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 1:51 pm

I am now the proud possessor of a first class honours degree in psychology from the Open University, so I think it is time I started writing psychology gardening puzzles as well as maths gardening puzzles. Here is the first:

A gardening psychologist wants to find out whether gardeners derive more satisfaction from growing plants if they eat them. She sets up two conditions and participants are randomly assigned to each condition. In the first condition, the gardeners grow solanum lycopersicum (tomatoes) and in the second condition, the gardners grow solanum dulcamara. In each condition, half the participants (again, chosen at random) eat the fruit, and half leave it to the birds.

Identify one ethical problem with this experiment.


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