Instructions

Read a sentence fragment and label what you think happens after the event.
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Full Instructions     (Expand/Collapse)

Thanks for participating in this HIT! You will read a sentence fragment depicting an event. The names of specific people have been replaced by generic words (e.g. "PersonY", "PersonZ"). The fragment may also contain "___", a placeholder that can be an object, a person, and/or an action.

The fragment may also be a figurative expression (e.g. "PersonX cuts corners"). If the fragment is figurative, please answer all questions according to the figurative meaning.

If the event does not make sense and you think there was a typo, please correct it in the Optional Feedback box.

Please note:

We have automatically prefiltered these events to try to choose ones that are understandable. Therefore, our expectation is that you will be able to fill in some responses for most of these events. If you are struggling to come up with answers for several HITs in a row, you may want to contact us to clarify the instructions.

 

For each event: think about what might happen to PersonX and other event participants, after the event.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Focus on specific physical or mental effects.
  • Events which happen to people are events which they do not choose to do:
    Involuntary Voluntary
    medicine takes effect blows their nose
    stresses about job prospects works on their resume
    gains knowledge about a subject graduates college
  • Events which happen to people should not include feelings:
    Not feelings Feelings
    thinks about food feels less full
    falls asleep feels tired
    students sweat from nerves makes students angry
 

**Updated instructions** Our broader research project tackles all sorts of things that happen after events. We had a previous tasks asking about feelings (e.g. you feel full after eating cake), and asking about voluntary actions (e.g. you go exercise after eating cake). This task is specifically asking about involuntary reactions (e.g. after "PersonX eats cake", the effect on X is "they get a sugar rush / sugar high", for instance).

Below are examples:

**new example**
PersonX gets a lot of compliments
PersonX mows the lawn PersonX punches PersonY in the face

1. Does anything happen to PersonX after this event?

Yes (the event has physical effects on PersonX)

a). What happens to PersonX?

- blushes;
- smiles

1. Does anything happen to PersonX after this event?

Yes (the event has physical effects on PersonX)

a). What happens to PersonX?

- gets exercise (lawn mowers are typically heavy);
- sweaty (physical effort typically causes someone to sweat);
- muscles sore (another effect of exercise is muscle fatigue)

1. Does anything happen to PersonX after this event?

Yes (the event causes physical effects on PersonX)

a). What happens to PersonX?

- shakes their hand (because it hurts after punching PersonX);
- catches their balance (punching usually throws someone off balance)

2. After this event, does anything happen to any people other than PersonX?

Yes (the person who gave them compliment is implied)

a). What happens to these other people?

- gets thanked;
- gets a compliment in return

2. After this event, does anything happen to any people other than PersonX?

No (there are no other people involved in the event)

a). What happens to these other people?

N/A

2. After this event, does anything happen to any people other than PersonX?

Yes (PersonY is affected by this event)

a). What happens to these other people?

- cries (the physical effect of being in pain);
[Note: "in pain" is NOT a response because it is a feeling]
- bleeds (a physical effect of being punched)

 

Additional Examples (Expand/Collapse)

Example Does anything happen to PersonX after this event? What happens to PersonX? After this event, does anything happen to any people other than PersonX? What happens to these other people?
PersonX takes a shower Yes becomes clean, wakes up No N/A
PersonX robs a bank Yes commits a crime, gets arrested Yes (implied people with money in bank, bank owners) clients lose money, clients lose their trust in the bank, bank loses money
PersonX makes cupcakes Yes gets dirty, smiles
[Note: avoid repeating effects already mentioned in the event, such as "getting cupcakes"]
No N/A
PersonX pays with cash Yes gets change, gets a receipt No N/A
PersonX sees a spider Yes screams in fright, jumps in shock No N/A
PersonX takes a class Yes gains knowledge, learns a new skill No N/A
PersonX drinks a cup of coffee Yes wakes up, becomes dehydrated No N/A
PersonX eats the last piece of PersonY's cake No N/A Yes (PersonY) cries, yells
PersonX resumes PersonX's work No N/A No N/A
PersonX rocks the boat
[Note: idiomatic]
Yes punished, yelled at, looked down on No N/A
 

**More examples** with counter-examples (Expand/Collapse)

Event: PersonX seriously hurt
Effect on X (incorrect): goes to hospital, asks for help ✘
Effect on X (correct): screams in pain, tries to breathe in/out slowly ✔

Event: PersonX hears noises
Effect on X (incorrect): investigates, shines a light ✘
Effect on X (correct): jumps out of fear, turns head towards the noise ✔ (Note: those are less voluntary, they’re more like reflexes or natural instinctual responses)

Event: PersonX locks the doors
Effect on X (incorrect): goes to sleep, turns off lights ✘
Effect on X (correct): sighs in relief or "no effect" ✔ (Note: this isn’t necessarily an event that causes an effect on X per se, so it’s perfectly okay to say so)

Event: PersonX moves PersonY's car
Effect on X (incorrect): sweats, moves legs ✘
Effect on X (correct): gets thanked, gets yelled at, exercises caution while moving the car ✔
Effect on Y (incorrect): blushes, kisses, cries ✘
Effect on Y (correct): becomes grateful towards X, cringes at PersonX moving their car ✔

Task: What Happens After

Event

PersonX ${sentence}


 

1. Does anything happen to PersonX after this event?

 Yes
 No
 

 

2. After this event, does anything happen to any people other than PersonX?

(e.g., PersonY, people included but not mentioned in the event)

 Yes
 No
 

 


 

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