Essay about How Good Intentions Can Be Sensitive

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Researchers have found new information and studies on how good intentions can actually affect how you perceive certain stimuli’s. Whether its taste, pain, or pleasure, there are studies that have been conducted to better explain this topic. In Gray’s article the following study was to determine if good intentions can possibly sooth pain, increase pleasure and even make taste better (2012, p.639). Three experiments, all of which used experimental groups, were taken place to determine three different aspects can contribute to answer the questions if whether intentions can contribute to pain while physical experience can also be sensitive to positive intentions (Gray, 2012, p. 639). Each experiment had different details the experimenters were testing, all coming together to produce a bigger picture. The first experiment dealt with electric shocks that were either perceived or administered maliciously, unintentionally, or benevolently (Gray 2012, p.640). Eighty four participants, twelve being rejected, were told they were in a lab for “psychophysical perception in pairs” study (Gray, 2012, p.640). The participants were paired with a person who would give them a psychophysical stimuli and in one of the stimuli’s electric shock would be delivered to their dominate hand (Gray, 2012, p.640). The shocks were calibrated to send a “very uncomfortable” signal to each participant and the shocks were to only 40V-75V and are tested with a 7-point scale being limitations for this…

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