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Benevolent deception: "The placebo button effect" » English to Spanish

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Over the course of many years, without making any great fuss about it, the authorities in New York disabled most of the control buttons that once operated pedestrian-crossing lights in the city. Computerised timers, they had decided, almost always worked better. By 2004, fewer than 750 of 3,250 such buttons remained functional. The city government did not, however, take the disabled buttons away—beckoning countless fingers to futile pressing.

Initially, the buttons survived because of the cost of removing them. But it turned out that even inoperative buttons serve a purpose. Pedestrians who press a button are less likely to cross before the green man appears, says Tal Oron-Gilad of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. Having studied behaviour at crossings, she notes that people more readily obey a system which purports to heed their input.

Inoperative buttons produce placebo effects of this sort because people like an impression of control over systems they are using, says Eytan Adar, an expert on human-computer interaction at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr Adar notes that his students commonly design software with a clickable “save” button that has no role other than to reassure those users who are unaware that their keystrokes are saved automatically anyway. Think of it, he says, as a touch of benevolent deception to counter the inherent coldness of the machine world.

That is one view. But, at road crossings at least, placebo buttons may also have a darker side. Ralf Risser, head of FACTUM, a Viennese institute that studies psychological factors in traffic systems, reckons that pedestrians’ awareness of their existence, and consequent resentment at the deception, now outweighs the benefits.

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Entry #25162 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Spain
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Entry4.104.00 (11 ratings)4.20 (10 ratings)
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sin levantar mucho revuelo
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Núria Garriga
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lo cual hizo que innumerables dedos pulsaran en vano
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Sarahi Abarca
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Ha seguido​ la recome​ndación de​ la RAE de​ utilizar ​las comill​as angular​es o latin​as.
Link: http://lem​a.rae.es/d​pd/srv/sea​rch?id=SST​AZ5sDyD6h5​9vijX
Catalina von Wichmann
Entry #25328 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Mexican
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Entry3.923.83 (6 ratings)4.00 (5 ratings)
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sin hacer grandes aspavientos
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Gloria Samperio
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cuya única finalidad es la de tranquilizar a aquellos usuarios que no se percatan de que, de cualquier modo, cada tecla que oprimen queda automáticamente registrada
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Sarahi Abarca
Entry #24955 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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Entry4.003.75 (8 ratings)4.25 (8 ratings)
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antaño accionaban los semáforos para viandantes en esa ciudad. Habían decidido que los temporizadores controlados por ordenador casi siempre funcionaban mejor
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MarcelaOtero
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Los pulsadores no operativos producen un efecto placebo de este tipo porque a las personas les complace tener una sensación de control sobre los sistemas que utilizan
Flows well
Sarahi Abarca


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Entry #24950 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Spain
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Entry3.763.62 (13 ratings)3.90 (10 ratings)
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Al principio, los botones sobrevivieron debido al elevado coste de su retirada, pero resulta que incluso los interruptores no operativos cumplen una función.
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Romina Mendoza
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Entry3.763.89 (9 ratings)3.63 (8 ratings)
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a continuar apretándolos infructuosamente
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Juan Gil
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Entry3.753.75 (8 ratings)3.75 (8 ratings)
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advierte que las personas están más dispuestas a obedecer a un sistema que supuestamente atiende sus indicaciones.
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frase idea​l
Alejandro Gonzalez
esta suerte de efecto placebo
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Romina Mendoza
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Entry3.753.50 (6 ratings)4.00 (5 ratings)
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el hecho de que los peatones sean conscientes de la existencia de tales botones y la consecuente indignación que produce ser engañado sobrepasa los beneficios.
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Romina Mendoza
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Considérelo, dice, como una pequeña dosis de engaño benévolo para contrarrestar la frialdad inherente al mundo de las máquinas.
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Romina Mendoza
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Rodamir
Rodamir
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Entry3.583.33 (6 ratings)3.83 (6 ratings)
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invitando a que infinidad de dedos pulsaran inútilmente.
Flows well
Romina Mendoza
en interacción entre personas y ordenadores
Flows well
Romina Mendoza
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Piensen en ello, dice, como en una pequeña mentira piadosa que contrarresta la frialdad propia del mundo de las máquinas.
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Romina Mendoza
y la consecuente indignación debida a la decepción
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Romina Mendoza
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Leda Roche
Leda Roche
Uruguay
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y sin armar mucho revuelo al respecto
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MarcelaOtero
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Carolina Quesada
Carolina Quesada
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sin la mayor transcendencia
Flows well
Romina Mendoza
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las personas están más dispuestas a obedecer un sistema que aparenta tener en cuenta su intención.
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Romina Mendoza
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