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In an experiment, 17 babies were asked to watch a climber attempt to ascend a hill. On two occasions, the baby witnesses the climber fail to make the climb. Then, the baby witnesses either a helper toy push the climber up the hill, or a hinderer toy preventing the climber from making the ascent. The toys were shown to each baby in a random fashion. A second part of this experiment showed the climber approach the helper toy, which is not a surprising action, and then the climber approached the hinderer toy, which is a surprising action. The amount of time the baby watched the event was recorded. The mean difference in time spent watching the climber approach the hinderer toy versus watching the climber approach the helper toy was 1.12seconds with a standard deviation of 1.67 seconds. Complete parts a through c.

(a) State the null and alternative hypotheses to determine if babies tend to look at the hinderer toy longer than the helper toy. Let μd=μhinderer−μhelper, where μhinderer is the population mean time babies spend watching the climber approach the hinderer toy and μhelper is the population mean time babies spend watching the climber approach the helper toy.

(b) Assuming the differences are normally distributed with no outliers, test if the difference in the amount of time the baby will watch the hinderer toy versus the helper toy is greater than 0 at the 0.05 level of significance.

Find the test statistic for this hypothesis test.

Determine the P-value for this hypothesis test.

State the conclusion for this hypothesis test.

(c) What do you think the results of this experiment imply about babies' ability to assess surprising behavior?

Answer #1

In an experiment, 19 babies were asked to watch a climber
attempt to ascend a hill. On two occasions, the baby witnesses the
climber fail to make the climb. Then, the baby witnesses either a
helper toy push the climber up the hill, or a hinderer toy
preventing the climber from making the ascent. The toys were shown
to each baby in a random fashion. A second part of this experiment
showed the climber approach the helper toy, which is...

In an experiment, 18 babies were asked to watch a climber
attempt to ascend a hill. On two occasions, the baby witnesses the
climber fail to make the climb. Then, the baby witnesses either a
helper toy push the climber up the hill, or a hinderer toy
preventing the climber from making the ascent. The toys were shown
to each baby in a random fashion. A second part of this experiment
showed the climber approach the helper toy, which is...

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attempt to ascend a hill. On two occasions, the baby witnesses the
character fail to make the climb. On the third attempt, the baby
witnesses either a helper toy push the character up the hill or a
hinderer toy prevent the character from making the ascent. The
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