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Title: An Experimental Study on Collaborative Scientific Activities with an Actual/Imaginary Partner
Authors: Miwa, Kazuhisa
Baba, Yoshie
Terai, Hitoshi
Issue Date: May-2005
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Miwa, K., Baba, Y., & Terai, H. (2005). An Experimental Study on Collaborative Scientific Activities with an Actual/Imaginary Partner. In Koschmann, T., Suthers, D. D., & Chan, T. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005 (pp. 433-439). Taipei, Taiwan: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In this study, we experimentally investigate collaborative scientific activities that are undertaken through a virtual space such as the Internet. In such cases, a partner has two aspects: an imaginary partner with whom the problem solver seems to work together, and an actual partner with whom he/she actually works. We design an experimental environment in which we can control the two factors independently. The experimental result shows: (1) a bias appearing in human behavior, such as the positive test bias in hypothesis testing, was not influenced by the change of an actual partner; however (2) the degree of using information given by a partner, such as reference to a partner's hypothesis, varied considerably with the change of an actual partner. Neither phenomenon above depended on the type of imaginary partner.
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