Think of the number six. Now - name a vegetable!
It is claimed that people, when asked for a random vegetable, will typically pick the same one.
(Spoiler below. Once you have guessed, click or hover over the box below.)
- This online exercise claims 98% do, when primed with the word "six".
- WikiHow claims 90% carrot, 2% broccoli as second choice, and then, confusingly, 8% lettuce as third - again when primed with "six".
- This redditor says, anecdotally, 90%, when prepared with random arithmetic questions.
- This blogger got 7 out of 7 carrots, after using an arithmetic question.
- This contributor to ScienceChatForum did a controlled experiment to show neither the "six" priming nor arithmetic questions were necessary, with a 92% of 60 runs answering carrot.
- These magic trick instructions claim people normally choose carrot, and don't use arithmetic nor make a claim about frequency.
Is this phenomenon true? If so, what is the scientific explanation?
Disclosure: It worked for me. I'm among the 98% majority according to the first site.