A total of 171 volunteer students participated in the experiment , where each was randomly assigned to one of three emotional states guilt , anger or neutral ) through a reading/writing task. Immediately after the task , students were presented with a decision problem where the stated option has predominantly negative features (eg. Spending money on repairing a very old car) . the results ( number responding in each category ) . suppose one of the 171 participants is selected at random .

emotional state choose stated option totals

guilt 45 57

anger 8 58
neutral 7 56

totals 60 171