Social Experiment 1 Take The Object

(Social) Experiment #1: Take the Object

Hypothesis: If a small object (such as a plastic spoon, knife, small toy, etc.) is placed in front of a person on a flat surface (such as a hand), the person is compelled to take the object.

Overview: How This Experiment Will Take Place: Since this is a social experiment, there has to be a control group (serving as our constant). The control group has been chosen to be a small group of friends. The variable will be random people approached around the University of Maine - Orono campus. **IT IS IMPORTANT that the object given to the person being experimented on is not an object the person readily seeks (e.g. it is irrelevant to the nature of this experiment if the conductor steals something from his/her experiment to force the chosen results to occur).

Materials Needed:

  • a plastic food utensil (or)
  • a pen/cil

The Experiment:
First collection of data: The Control Group (male)
1. A man randomly offers a woman an object (from the above list) in his hand.
2. Wait thirty seconds.
3. Whether the object is taken or not, record the data with the name and age of the individual.
4. Continue this a total of at least five times. Record all the data.

Second Collection of Data: The Control Group (female)
1. A woman randomly offers a man an object (from the above list) in her hand.
2. Wait thirty seconds.
3. Whether the object is taken or not, record the data with the name and age of the individual.
4. Continue this a total of at least five times. Record all the data.

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Third Collection of Data: The Variable Group:2nd gen. (female)
1. A woman randomly offers another woman an object (from the above list) in her hand.
2. Wait thirty seconds.
3. Whether the object is taken or not, record the data with the name and age of the individual.
4. Continue this a total of at least five times. Record all the data.

Fourth Collection of Data: The Variable Group:2nd gen. (male)
1. A man randomly offers another man an object (from the above list) in his hand.
2. Wait thirty seconds.
3. Whether the object is taken or not, record the data with the name and age of the individual.
4. Continue this a total of at least five times. Record all the data.

Data Gathered:

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