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From the Ted Talk by Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

Unscramble the Blue Letters

"I'll be glad to swap it out with you. In fact, I'll come to your dorm room, just give me an email. Better yet, I'll check with you. You ever want to change your mind, it's toatlly returnable." The other half of the students are told exactly the opposite: "Make your choice, and by the way, the mail is going out, gosh, in two muniets, to England. Your picture will be winging its way over the altanitc. You will never see it again." Half of the students in each of these conditions are aeskd to make ponteiricds about how much they're going to come to like the picture that they keep and the picture they leave behind. Other students are just sent back to their little dorm rooms and they are mueresad over the next three to six days on their satisfaction with the pictures. Look at what we find.

Open Cloze

"I'll be glad to swap it out with you. In fact, I'll come to your dorm room, just give me an email. Better yet, I'll check with you. You ever want to change your mind, it's _______ returnable." The other half of the students are told exactly the opposite: "Make your choice, and by the way, the mail is going out, gosh, in two _______, to England. Your picture will be winging its way over the ________. You will never see it again." Half of the students in each of these conditions are _____ to make ___________ about how much they're going to come to like the picture that they keep and the picture they leave behind. Other students are just sent back to their little dorm rooms and they are ________ over the next three to six days on their satisfaction with the pictures. Look at what we find.

Solution

  1. totally
  2. minutes
  3. predictions
  4. measured
  5. atlantic
  6. asked

Original Text

"I'll be glad to swap it out with you. In fact, I'll come to your dorm room, just give me an email. Better yet, I'll check with you. You ever want to change your mind, it's totally returnable." The other half of the students are told exactly the opposite: "Make your choice, and by the way, the mail is going out, gosh, in two minutes, to England. Your picture will be winging its way over the Atlantic. You will never see it again." Half of the students in each of these conditions are asked to make predictions about how much they're going to come to like the picture that they keep and the picture they leave behind. Other students are just sent back to their little dorm rooms and they are measured over the next three to six days on their satisfaction with the pictures. Look at what we find.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
synthetic happiness 5
monet prints 3
million years 2
prefrontal cortex 2
human beings 2
marvelous adaptation 2
shopping mall 2
remarkable machinery 2
people synthesizing 2
synthesizing happiness 2
moreese bickham 2
amnesiac patients 2
normal controls 2
psychological immune 2

Important Words

  1. asked
  2. atlantic
  3. change
  4. check
  5. choice
  6. conditions
  7. days
  8. dorm
  9. email
  10. england
  11. fact
  12. find
  13. give
  14. glad
  15. gosh
  16. leave
  17. mail
  18. measured
  19. mind
  20. minutes
  21. picture
  22. pictures
  23. predictions
  24. returnable
  25. room
  26. rooms
  27. satisfaction
  28. students
  29. swap
  30. told
  31. totally
  32. winging