In our second experiment, we replicate the result with a physical task of a different nature and additionally examine how meaning affects the relationship between productivity and labor supply.
The subjects were male undergraduates at Harvard University, recruited via posters around the university. Each subject participated in the experiment alone, without the presence of other subjects. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of the two conditions, Meaningful (N= 20) and Sisyphus (N= 20), and were unaware of the other condition. The procedure was similar to that used in Experiment 1. In each of the two conditions, subjects received payments for assembling Bionicle Lego models according to a declining unit wage schedule. Each Bionicle consisted of 40 separate pieces, with written instructions on how to assemble them into a figure. There was only one way to combine the pieces, and no subject had trouble following the assembly instructions.
The mean time to build the first Bionicle was around 10 min. Before deciding whether to build each Bionicle, the subjects were told how much they had earned up to that point and how much they would earn for making another Bionicle. The subjects were paid $2.00 for the first Bionicle, $1.89 (11¢ less) for the second one, and so on linearly. For the 20th, as well as for any subsequent Bionicles, they received $0.02. The only decision the subjects made was when to stop making Bionicles. At that point, they were paid and the experimental session was over. During the experiment, we measured how long it took each subject to build each Bionicle. The instructions are provided in Appendix B of the Supplementary material.
I just found a socioeconomic study involving Bionicle. I am such a goddamn college student.
Conclusion to a hypothetical fic with 11 on Spherus Magna.
“Hmm, I think I’m inspired to write some Tahu/Gali fluff.
Wait, I can’t do that, I’m not up-to-date on the canon. Oh shit, what if I mess up their personalities or get a plot detail wrong!?”
And this is why I can’t have fandom anymore.