I’m glancing at a research article “The Pandora Effect: The Power and Peril of Curiosity” by Christopher K. Hsee and Bowen Ruan recently published in the journal Psychological Science. Since my Oberlin undergraduate days I’ve been interested in the topics of curiosity and intrinsic motivation. Hence, my nom de plume “Curious David.” I wonder how many of my students are familiar with the Greek myth of this first human woman created by the gods. I suspect that more of them are familiar┬áwith┬áthe radio streaming service┬áby that name. I’ll probably use the article in my PSY205 course “Statistics and Experimental Design” in several ways. The studies are methodologically simple. They use data analyses I teach in the course. They illustrate┬áthe so-called “New Statistics“. In addition, they are amenable┬áto plausible alternative hypotheses. My quick reading suggests additional studies which could be done—-here by my students.. The first and third experiments’ results sections lend┬áthemselves well┬áto illustrating how to check the reported effect sizes using┬áthe effect size calculators I introduced in an earlier blog piece. I’ll “borrow” ┬áand modify the ┬átheme of these studies when I┬ácreate the exam over one-way between subjects ANOVA which I am scheduled to give tomorrow. That is, I’ll in essence propose a study that could/should be done here at Carroll. ]]>