Researchers had three groups of professional cyclists cycle for one hour at different levels of intensity. Members of...

Julie on September 11, 2019

Answer Explanation

Hi LSAT Max, (A) looked tempting at first. Could you explain why it would be flawed? Thank you!

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Irina on September 11, 2019


Great question, (A) is a tempting answer choice but this is a "most strongly supported" question, meaning we must be careful not to make any unwarranted inferences. The passage only tells us that the 60% group reported feeling less angry, 70% group reported no difference, and 80% group reported feeling more angry. The only inference we can make here is that that there appears to be some correlation between the intensity of CYCLING and the subsequent mood for PROFESSIONAL cyclists, whereas (A) makes a general statement "the higher the pulse rate attained in sustained exercise..", it is not even talking about cycling or professional cyclists, but any sustained exercise. We cannot possibly make this inference from a single research study of professional cyclists and argue that we would observe the same effect when participants are engaged in a different exercise or when participants are recreational cyclists, for instance.
Since (A) makes an unwarranted inference, it is an incorrect answer choice.

Let me know if you have any further questions.