Scott, to be honest I think you may misunderstand what I am saying and your response is not a fair reflection of my post.
OK. Maybe you can help clarify my misunderstandings.
Also please try to share some context on your points, I am trying to lead the way on this but both you and James still seem to be responding in a certain mindset as if in the trenches of a war.
Please tell me which points you feel lack context and I will do my best to provide the missing context.
The perpetual cycle of this aggressive argument type posting needs to be broken by someone.
You may find this hard to believe but I tried that.
Anyway moving forward, what I really would love is for the expectation bias research to be looked at by Stereophile staff, as it would be highly interesting to see in greater detail the mOFC mechanism at work.
Such ideas that come to mind;
1. Can the expectation bias be controlled by professional or experienced listeners?
2. Its been proven in other research that people can/do react more positively to the more expressive work when compared to an identical pure noted version.
This raises the question, do we have expectation bias mechanism in effect when starting up music we really enjoy compared to those that we dislike or not interested in?
3. What is the duration of expectation bias once it initiates, and does it have certain behavioral patterns?
Those are just some I can think of.
I'll let JJ field those questions.