Social_Psychology_Project

Social_Psychology_Project - 1 Project Stress over...

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Project 1 Stress over Suspicious Packages PSY 105023016 Summer Quarter 2009 Strayer University Instructor: Prof. Scheier
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Project 2 We have noticed over the past few years that the public’s stress factor has seem to go up quite a bit over the past few years. We really feel that it has a lot to do with today’s news and what they report on today’s society. The news is very biased, as in they only report the negatives and very seldom report the positives. I’m sure the stress level has increased dramatically after 9/11 and the terrorist activities that took place. While we both work in the government sector, we have taken notice in the work environment how the stress levels have increased. With that said, we decided to perform a breaching experiment. “A breaching experiment is an experiment that seeks to examine people’s reactions to violations of community accepted social rules or normality’s” (Wikipedia, 2009). Our project was to visit two totally different locations and visualize the stress factors of someone leaving a book bag, backpack, satchel, etc. in plain site to see how people reacted to a “suspicious package”. We were going to test a public library and a local gym (workout facility). While one of us would do the study on the public library, the other individual would perform the study on the gym. We had to obtain approval from the library manager and also the gym manager before performing this test in case someone was to turn it in to an employee, someone was to notify a manager, or to the other extreme, someone would dial 911 (with that in mind, we also notified the local town police of the situation and testing we were doing, they did not like it at first but decided we could go through with the test). Our prediction is that people would view these faux objects and automatically assume the worse. We would think that a public library would act extremely different than what the gym people would, mainly because people in a gym are use to seeing an empty bag laying around the gym while other people work out. However, many people go to book stores and leave their bag on the table while they go look for books. So although somewhat similar, we still feel the individuals in these environments will act completely different.
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Project 3 So with all of the proper officials notified, Barry picked the busiest day for a public library, Saturday afternoon, and set out to the library with his book bag with two books and an empty box in it. Barry walked into the library empty handed, grabbed a book and sat down at a good location where he would be able to see the bag and how people were reacting to the bag. He had Jason bring the bag into the library about 10 minutes later, place it on top of a table directly in the center of the library, and walk back out of the front doors. No later than 5 minutes after Jason walked out of the door, the first individual started to stress, which we predicted, however
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