In the neutral version, participants were only told that they inherited the funds and they needed to choose from a range of investment options. In this version, all choices are equally valid; keeping the original preferences is not a factor, as there is no previous experience to draw on. In the current version, participants were told that they had inherited funds and that the funds had been invested in a specific way. Then they were offered a series of investment options. One of the options preserves the current investment strategy of the portfolio (and thus occupies the status quo). All other options on the list represent an alternative to the status quo. Samuelson and Zeckhauser found that when presenting the current version of the scene, participants tend to choose the status quo rather than other options. This strong preference runs through many different scenarios. In addition, the more choices are presented to participants, the greater their preference for the status quo.