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Hock Study - Thoughts out of Tune Hock Studies The Hock...

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Thoughts out of Tune Hock Studies The Hock study I researched was “Thoughts Out of Tune.” This study was done by James M. Carlsmith and Leon Festinger in 1959. The purpose behind this experiment was to find out if cognitive dissonance occurred. Cognitive dissonance is having your mental processes out of tune. Cognitive means mental processes such as thoughts, ideas, attitudes, or beliefs. Dissonance means out of tune. For this experiment there were originally 71 male, lower division, psychology students. They were split up into three different group,s yet all completed the same tasks. The first task was to take a tray with 12 spools on it, dump them off, and put them back on. This task repeated for 30 minutes. The next task was to take 48 square pegs and turn them a quarter of a turn, then repeat, for 30 minutes. This experiment was meant to be boring. The experimenters wanted the students to have a negative opinion of the experiment. After completing the tasks, the control group was sent individually to an interviewing room to be asked what they thought of the experiment. The other groups
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