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The aim of this experiment is to find out if people will conform without face-to-face contact. Crutchfield's study of conformity (1955) was a faceless conformity experiment.
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The aim of this experiment is to find out if people will conform without face-to-face contact. Crutchfield's study of conformity (1955) was a faceless conformity experiment. This involved the false answers of confederates being placed into view of participants in order to see if they conformed. They were asked to answer general knowledge questions. This experiment is based on that study.
The operational hypothesis for this investigation is
'Participants will be influenced by a fictitious list on a faceless conformity task'
meaning that my null hypothesis will be
'Participants will not be influenced by a fictitious list on a faceless conformity task'.
The research method that was used was a field experiment and the design was an independent groups design. An independent groups design was chosen because otherwise the participants would know what was going on and would therefore void the results.
An opportunity sampling method was chosen in this experiment because of the abundance of available participants. The age range was 16-19 year old students, 10 male and 10 female.
The results showed that participants did conform, the mean of the experimental results (173)
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