Do you think by simply changing the way your phrase a question can change the answer you get? The answer is yes. One of my favorite TV shows, Brain Games. had a great example. I apologize for not remembering the episode, but they are on the national georgraphic channel web site. The setup, was simple. Show a car accident, and then have a policeman ask questions of witnesses, and see if they can help figure out who was at fault. The policeman asked 2 different groups the same question, but in two different ways. In fact it was one word in each sentence was changed.
The officer asked the witnesses, how fast do you think the car was going when it tapped the other car, or how fast do you think the car was going when it smashed into the other car. The witnesses had 2 different answers. And it should be obvious. Those who believed that the car was speeding, and those who thought the car was barely moving. So changing one word in the question actually changes what someone saw. The car was going the same speed for everyone.
Just seeing that, I now think about more about what I say, and how I phrase questions.
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