Talk:Hard–easy effect

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I do not understand the example. What is its point? Which of these questions is easy or hard? According to Wikipedia at least, the 'modern' zipper was invented in 1913, and there were part-way stages allowing for ambiguaty going back decades earlier (as is so often the case). As for the birth of Buddha, no one is truly sure... and there are good guesses before and after that of Socrates... 19:01, 10 November 2013‎ 2602:306:3134:5310:e2f8:47ff:fe36:92dc

Someone corrected the Example section to say Aristotle instead of Socrates to more accurately reflect the content of the cited research article. I've copy-edited a bit, but it still fails to characterize the actual experimental results. The two questions were two of 50 general-knowledge questions, and these 50 were combined with randomized questions about the relative size of 65 German cities with population over 100,000. I could only find a Google Books copy of the research article, and was unable to read the whole thing, so exactly how the determination of "easy" vs "hard" remains unclear to me. (And I don't want to get any further into original research.)
I removed the "underlinked" tag, since that's not this article's problem at all. It's just a stub and needs lots of improvement. This Example section that someone put in some years ago is just a small step, but has problems of its own. --jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 05:59, 30 May 2016 (UTC)