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Experiment Designed to Test Inter-Group Discrimination and Social Identity Theory

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Experiment Designed to Test Inter-Group Discrimination and Social Identity Theory In this experiment I want to find out whether social identity theory works in religion. Firstly, I would put an advert in a local newspaper asking if anyone wants to take part in an experiment for five pounds. This advert will including asking them to reply to the address on the ad with their name and address inside. I will then send out questionnaires to the willing participants asking them important details including their religious background. There will be a few in depth questions involving religion in particular as well as other details, so as not to draw too much focus on religion. These questionnaires are not only to establish religion, but also whether they were enthusiastically religious and went to their religious place of worship regularly, or whether they didn't follow their religion and were just born into it or used to it. ...read more.

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Both CV's have the same grades, the same age on them, the same sex and different school names on them, but the schools being of the same standard to each other. Names might be changed, however the two CV's are the equivalent to each other. However on one CV the religion will be Christian on the other CV the religion will be Islam. There will be a letter sent out with this simply explaining the task. Asking to read the CV's very carefully and whether if you were looking to hire someone who you would choose. For the chosen participants in the experiment to receive their money they have to send back only their preferred chosen applicant if they were to hire for a job. ...read more.

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Another benefit for the participants is they get paid even if deemed unsuitable and still get the full debrief of the experiment. A further benefit is that this experiment is cost efficient. Another benefit is that as the participants do not meet the person applying for a job they cannot judge on personality. The main disadvantage with this experiment is that it isn't guaranteed everyone will remember to reply. Even if people intend to reply they might just forget. Another disadvantage is that when people usually try to get a job, there are interviews as well as a CV; this makes it difficult for the participant to choose. This is also one of my benefits however I have written earlier. Another disadvantage is it doesn't cover other religions, so if my results verify social identity theory and inter-group discrimination theory. It might be different with other religions such as Judaism or Hinduism. ...read more.

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