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An email from a psychology researcher

Dr. Ryan Howell, the professor at San Francisco State who authored the experiences vs material good study we performed two weeks ago wrote me today, and sent me the two links to the surveymonkey surveys he used in his experiment. I thought you might be interested in checking these out.

The experiential condition:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9S6CZBQ

The material condition:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9SHYBH2

Results from our first psychology experiment

Today, we completed our first psychology experiment. Students were randomly assigned 1 of 2 writing prompts:

  • Prompt A: Write about a time when you used money to purchase an experience .
  • Prompt B: Write about a time when you used money to purchase a material good.

Here are the full prompts:

After this, students were asked to complete a short survey about how their purchase affected their happiness.

I have included the results from the two different groups below.

Group A Responses: People who wrote about purchasing an experience.

Group B Responses: People who wrote about purchasing a material good.

So, scientists, how do you interpret these data? What conclusions can you make? Post your answers in the comments below!