If your teacher put these choices on the final exam, which would you pick?

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Poll If your teacher put these choices on the final exam, which would you pick? (40 votes)

Play it safe and select 2 extra points 70%
Take a risk and select 6 extra points 30%

A psychology professor in Maryland conducts this experiment every semester; on the final exam, students have a choice between having 2 points added to their grade, or 6. The catch is that if more than 10% of the class chooses 6, then there is no extra credit at all.

What would you pick if you were in this situation?

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Ain't no need to be greedy ima take my 2

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#2  Edited By Zetsu-San

This is a dumb test, it's not even about risk vs safety.

Option 2 is pretty much guaranteed to fail. The act of choosing it, decreases the chances of reward. There's literally no reason to pick it and anyone who does so is an idiot.

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Depends on the class. If I don’t need the extra 2 then I pick the 6 to further guarantee than no one gets it. It would suck if I worked hard for a good score while some slacker gets lucky with a plus 6 cause all the smart students knew to pick the 2.

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Depends on the class. If I don’t need the extra 2 then I pick the 6 to further guarantee than no one gets it. It would suck if I worked hard for a good score while some slacker gets lucky with a plus 6 cause all the smart students knew to pick the 2.

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With my current classmates, I'm not taking any risks and just take the two points. Pretty sure 99% of them would pick the 6 points. lol

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play it safe

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#8  Edited By AlphaQ

Probably take the 2. I imagine people at the lower end of the bell curve would inevitably flock to take the 6 out of necessity and it would fall to the people at the higher grades to resist the temptation, knowing that they can pass without the extra four points but also mindful of overloading capacity.

EDIT: Hang on - wouldn't the rational choice be to compare the relative livelihood of receiving the bonus? If you triple the reward the likelihood of receiving it would have to be a third of what it would be otherwise to make them equivalent choices - since I imagine the likelihood of receiving the reward does not diminish to that extent the best choice should be the 6.

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Depends. Am I feeling lucky?

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Go big or go home

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Take the risk, not like either options will dramatically improve your grades and their is nothing to lose.

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Play it safe

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lol 23 votes in and everyone who voted for 6 points has already lost the game.

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lol 23 votes in and everyone who voted for 6 points has already lost the game.

Worth it because you know you have huge bollocks

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Chances are I'm already getting a high score on the test, so I'll go for the 6 regardless. I either get it, or don't get it but didn't need it anyway.

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@zetsu-san: 23% when you are sampling randos in the internet xD. I think in an actual college scenario, no one would take such high risks unless they feel are doomed to fail anyways.

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Depends on my current mark. If I’m not at risk of failing, I’d go for the 6

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#21  Edited By Zetsu-San

@red_ruby_petal said:

@zetsu-san: 23% when you are sampling randos in the internet xD. I think in an actual college scenario, no one would take such high risks unless they feel are doomed to fail anyways.

And how many people do you think, use that logic as an excuse to go for the 6 points?

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Isn't there a "f*ck you" option?

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Anyhow, to hell with free extra points, work for your points, cheat like a pro.

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I like pissing others off so I'll pick the 6 points. Win-win for me.

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This is a dumb test, it's not even about risk vs safety.

Option 2 is pretty much guaranteed to fail. The act of choosing it, decreases the chances of reward. There's literally no reason to pick it and anyone who does so is an idiot.

im an idiot

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i say screw it i have one life

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The ones who chose 2 points probably like to snipe in call of duty. the ones who chose 6 probably use a mf knife lmao

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@major_hellstrom said:

Depends on the class. If I don’t need the extra 2 then I pick the 6 to further guarantee than no one gets it. It would suck if I worked hard for a good score while some slacker gets lucky with a plus 6 cause all the smart students knew to pick the 2.

ok take it easy satan lol

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I play it safe and take 2 extra pts

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I do not like to take risks at all really. In the final exam, I used one service, tap here if interested, and passed it very easily, they didn’t burn me. Therefore, I would certainly choose the easy way

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2 obviously.....

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Guys, it's an experiment, which means the "exam" doesn't count for anything. It's a test. I'm going for the six pointer.

Literally at the beginning of the first sentence. Besides, who takes psychology anyway? (Jk. Jk. I'm only messing.)

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#38 Red12789  Online

Depends on the class. If I don’t need the extra 2 then I pick the 6 to further guarantee than no one gets it. It would suck if I worked hard for a good score while some slacker gets lucky with a plus 6 cause all the smart students knew to pick the 2.

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#39 Darkthunder  Online

Actually I changed my mind and would say 6,. I get good enough result already and most people won't choose 6 because they will think more than half the class will obvs take 6

Even if I don't get them my result is pretty good

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I chose right. That's what I chose