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 Clay Cooper
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Hi Rita,

Thanks for your question.

"Researchers found no correlation..." does not mean there is no correlation; no one here is claiming to have proved anything. All that the correct answer choice asserts is that these findings suggest that the correlation might in fact not exist. The research certainly does seem to suggest that; there is no need for us to assume that the research proves it (that would be, as you point out, a bad assumption).

Hope that helps!
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`Hi Powerscore,
Out of curioisty, if there was an answer choice that something along the lines of, "The study shows that people that everyone has their own experiences with arthirits." Wouldnt this also be an accurate completion of the argument as it shows that everyone that has arthriits also has different responses to various weathers? This was my prephrase to the question.
 Robert Carroll
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There are two aspects to your prephrase that I think don't quite hit the mark. First, note that the correct answer says the study "suggests" something. I think that's actually a good thing for an answer to say - we have one study, and shouldn't be too quick to make sweeping conclusions from it. So saying the study "suggests" rather than "proves" or "shows" is important.

Further, the information about the study we have is focused on correlations (or lack thereof!) between arthritic pain and weather conditions. A prephrase that generalizes beyond that situation to "experiences" more generally is not limited to pain and weather like it should be.

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Hi Robert,

I think the extent "suggest" softens up in answer choice (C) can be actually offset by the use of the word "may" in answer choice (B) - indicates that AS' beliefs about the causes of the pain they feel MAY affect their assessment of the intensity of that pain. This isn't saying that their beliefs absolutely affect their assessment of the pain, but rather it may be possible to affect.
Also, I still don't see why (C) is better than (B). Any clarification will be much appreciated!

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