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Lab Report 3: Title: ? ? ? Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to develop a reliable measure of people’s severity of jail sentencing when looking at varying variables. Based on the variables being measured, there were two hypotheses. First, there will be less severe jail sentences given when the defendant was a family man as opposed to a bum. Second, there will be more severe sentences given when the victim was an angry salesperson as opposed to a calm salesperson. Method: Participants: - Study included 64 participants who were a mixture of friends, acquaintances, and unknown UMass students to the three observers. -There were 34 males and 30 females in the study. Materials: - Materials consisted of a questionnaire given out by the observers. - The questionnaire contained an introductory paragraph informing the participant that they will be given a scenario of a criminal offense and asked their opinion of how severe the
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Unformatted text preview: sentence should be. Also included is the fact that their participation will remain anonymous. -Also asked, along with the participants’ opinion of the jail sentence, was their age and gender. These gave the observers basic information about the demographics of the participants. Procedure:-Observers in the study were instructed to give out 64 total copies of the questionnaire. The 64 questionnaires were split up into quarters, each of which represented the four differing scenarios. -The observers would approach participants, ask them if they would like to take part in a study on attitudes toward jail sentencing, and ask them if they would like to fill out a questionnaire. -If the participant agreed, they were instructed to read the intro and scenario carefully, and to take their time....
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