objectively felt?

I tend to have a problem with studies that measure nebulous emotional states and then compare them back to other nebulous states experienced at different moments in time. You learn a lot from them about how people answer surveys, but not so much about how they objectively felt. (Judith Warner)

Okay, there’s a funny contradiction in those last two words, but Warner’s article has links to the back and forth between Barbara Ehrenreich and Stevenson/Wolfers’ study on female happiness (or lack thereof). I might use the discussion in the future for my 654 class–how people perceive research/quantitative methods/survey research, what they can do, what they can’t do.


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