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Mean & Paired T-Tests

A study is being conducted to see if swearing can help reduce pain. Each participant is asking to plunge their hand in ice as long as the pain would allow. In one condition, the participant repeatedly yelled their favorite curse word. In the other condition they repeated a neutral word.

Here is what the information given looks like

Amount of time in seconds
Participant swear words neutral
1 94 59
2 70 61
3 52 47
4 83 60
5 46 35
6 117 92
7 69 53
8 39 30
9 51 56
10 73 61

Calculate the mean # of seconds that the participant could tolerate pain.
Swear words____
Neutral words____
Does it appear that the swearing helped with pain tolerance? yes, no or can not determine.

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A study is being conducted to see if swearing can help reduce pain. Each participant is asking to plunge their hand in ice as long as the pain would allow. In one condition, the participant repeatedly yelled their favourite curse word. In the other condition they repeated a neutral word. Here is what the information given looks like
Amount of time in seconds
Participant swear words neutral
1 94 59
2 70 61
3 52 47
4 83 60
5 46 35
6 117 92
7 69 53
8 39 30
9 51 ...

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