We investigated the conscious experiences people had while discovering the contents and layout of a sealed box by manipulating it. Introduction to Psychology students were presented with a black video cassette box containing an object that was free to move and various fixed structures made of plastic foam packing material. Using the sounds the object made when the box was manipulated, subjects were asked to discover both the moving object and the layout of the box. Subjects were videotaped and were asked to describe their conscious experiences and problem solving strategies as they handled the box. They then responded to a check list of possible conscious experiences. Preliminary results indicate that most subjects used a confirmatory strategy, quickly settling on a possibility and then investigating it. Some subjects investigated successive possibilities. These findings are relevant to how we learn new things about the world around us, both scientifically and perceptually.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Schaul, Craig; Yates, Jack; and Hildebrandt, Carolyn
"How Do People Discover the Contents of a Black Box,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 2:
1, Article 34.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol2/iss1/34