Date: Sat Oct 20 19:14:49 2012
Posted By: Alex Goddard, Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University
Area of science: Neuroscience
Good question! In many branches of science, the biggest impediment to progress has to do with
the words people choose. When two groups don't agree on what a particular word means, trouble
The term 'friend' can meet different things to different people. Even 'good friend' may be
somewhat unclear. The best thing you can do is be very explicit about what you consider a good
friend. Is it:
I recommend that list a few qualities that you see in a "good friend" at the beginning of your
survey. (i.e. state, "I define a good friend as having these qualities: x,y,z") That way, people will
know what you mean. You could also ask them at the end of the survey if they agree with your
definition of "good friend." You might see some different, interesting results from the people
depending on whether they do or don't agree with you.
Someone you can tell your biggest worries to?
- Someone you call on the phone every day?
- Someone who you spend most of your time with?
Hope that helps!
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