Experiment Example Paper 2.docx - Emily Dyba Judgements of Physical Attractiveness The experiment Contrast Effects and Judgments of Physical

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Emily DybaJudgements of Physical AttractivenessThe experiment “Contrast Effects and Judgments of Physical Attractiveness: When Beauty Becomes a Social Problem” was conducted by Douglas T. Kenrick and Sara E. Gutierres.The experiment included 3 studies, and the study that is being reviewed is Study 3, which starts on page 134 and ends on page 137. The third study that was conducted addressed the indirect influence of background stimuli on judgements of attractiveness as well as “the direct impact of informational social influence on judgements of attractiveness” (Gutierres and Kenrick 134-135).In the experiment, there were 98 undergraduates—49 male and 49 female, all from Montana State University and they were in groups of 2-7. The experimenter explained to the subjects that they would be seeing photos of people’s faces and would be asked to judge that person’s overall personality on that basis. Each subject received a sheet with six 9-point scales (1is extremely unattractive and 9 is extremely attractive). The subjects were then asked to view
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