Basically you try S.A.T. and then (using a validated measure we provide you) you tell us how hungry you are. This lasts for 5 days and you can opt-in for another 5 days.
+ DO I HAVE TO CHANGE HOW I EAT?
No, we actually prefer if you eat normally. However if you would like to make any dietary changes (like trying to eat less or eat differently) for this test we just ask that you tell us.
+ IS THIS A BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS EXPERIMENT?
No it is not (though it was designed by a PhD in Behavioral Econ). This is a test of Seth's Theory, no more no less. It is not intended for publication-- we're going to release the data to the world.
+ WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
-You learn if you can substantially change your appetite using flavorless calories. If it works for you like it worked for one of the reddit founders ("I lost 20 pounds and it was one of the easiest things I've ever done") it may change your life for the better.
-You may contribute to falsifying a compelling theory. This is the cornerstone of scientific progress depending on who you ask.
-On the other hand you may contribute to what could be a very important finding that somehow hasn't been tested using a control group.
-You get a shareable chart of your progress and findings you can send to, say, your uncle who struggles with his weight. Or your friend who hassles you about trying a lifehack.
+ IS THIS GOOD SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH?
It was carefully designed by a scientist to be good research but we won't really know until we release the findings and submit for "post-publication peer review". That just means we post it online and redditors tell us what we did wrong.
+ CAN I HAVE MORE NERDY DETAILS ABOUT THE PROTOCOL/DATA/HYPOTHESIS?
We randomly allocate participants into treatment and control groups (unless anyone specifically request to be only in the treatment or control.) The treatment group gets assigned to take a flavorless oil between meals while the control group takes them with meals. Since the control group's oil will have a flavor-calorie association this should not lower the set-point. The reason the control group takes the oil is to keep the required calories the same across groups. We will request for participants to report hunger in days succeeding (and perhaps preceding) the trial as well.
We have pre-registered the study with aspredicted.org and our proposed data analysis is just graphic visualization and a simple regression. Exploratory analysis and other interesting tests will be conducted but would be Bonferroni-corrected into the shadow realm and thus we won't emphasize confidence intervals/p-values.
This test was created by a IRB-certified researcher with a Human Subject certification. Your personally identifying data (which isn't much-- your email) will be seperated from anything else you tell us. Our aim here is to find out if S.A.T. is valid and so we are aggregating people's findings anonymously.