Stand or Sit

Student: Neve Sirois
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Abstract:



Title- STAND OR SIT/ The Effect of the Number of People in a Group on Whether they will Conform.



1.BACKGROUND - I saw this experiment on a TV show called Brain Games. It looked cool and fun so I decided to do it for my science experiment. The experiment is about if a subject will conform their behavior to a group. This experiment is like the Asch experiment Asch (1951) devised what is now regarded as a classic experiment in social psychology, whereby there was an obvious answer to a line judgment task. If the participant gave an incorrect answer it would be clear that this was due to group pressure.



2.TESTABLE QUESTION - Will a subject conform their behavior to a larger group of people to vs a smaller group.



3.HYPOTHESIS - A subject might show conforming behavior quicker when the group is larger because of the peer pressure.



4.CONCLUSION - People will conform quicker to a large group because of peer pressure.


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Research Plan:

TESTABLE QUESTION - Will a subject conform their behavior to a larger group of people to vs a smaller group.

HYPOTHESIS - A subject might show conforming behavior quicker when the group is larger because of the peer pressure.

MATERIALS - 15 people, timer, and ringer.

PROCEDURE - The eleven people who know about the experiment will be in Miss Santini’s classroom. 2 at a time (starting with 3) will go down to Mrs Daniel’s room after the subject is done. The first 5 people who are done with homework in ASP with Miss Sheilds will be subjects. One at a time one subject will come to Mrs Daniel’s room and begin the experiment (unknown what will happen). After the subject is done with the experiment they will go through the gym to the cafeteria. Once they are in the gym Miss Sheilds will send the next one.  Before the experiment I will met with the 11 people to explain what they are doing. I timed how long they took to conform and before the subject entered the room the standers were instructed to stand up when they heard a bell noise.

HUMAN PARTICIPANT RESEARCH INFORMATION:  Subjects and experiment assistants were all students at St. Ann's School.  All are anonymous with no personal information recorded and they voluntarily participated as either subjects or assistants.  The experiment was explained to all subjects after completion of the experiment (about 45 minutes total) to make sure they were not confused or upset.

SAFETY PROCEDURE - No talking, no running and overall mobility.

REFERENCES - https://www.sciencedaily.com/

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/