Date:    Sun, 20 Sep 1992 22:46:00 -0400

Al, Your message of 20 Sept suggests a procedure known as 'claim staking,' which is generally good, for the reasons you mention, unless it's abused by someone who stakes too many claims before doing the actual work, or who stakes unrealistic claims. The particular concern about prior claims in psychoacoustics is that it is easy to conceptualize novel experiments to look for particular effects, but in practice, anticipated effects are often turn out to be obscured by other effects. I suggest, therefore, that claim stakers try to meet "standards of good taste," which means that they have generated the stimuli, listened to them, and got a few data points from at least one listener (could be an experimenter) before telling the world about the project. [Your particular experiment, with different groups of listeners biased in different ways, is complicated enough that one might relax the standards.] Best, Bill

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