b This is an experiment with the independent variable being whether or not the

B this is an experiment with the independent variable

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b) This is an experiment with the independent variable being whether or not the popular movie is playing in theatres in the city or not playing. The dependent variable is the frequency of reports of violence towards citizens in the area. We will make sure that those reports have to be matching similar acts of violence depicted in the movie. c) I believe that this experiment will be able to produce an effective causality relationship between the movie and increase in violence, however I do acknowledge that there will be confounding variables within the process. For instance, the violence of that has increased from one film in a city could have been aired on the news impacting the behavior of citizens in other areas where the film is not being shown. Perhaps tracking all people who have been caught for committing these violent acts against senior citizens and asking if they have watched the film would also be helpful but very difficult to collect that data and may not be completely accurate. Other factors that would influence their behavior and should be tracked is the age distribution of each city, race, diversity, job roles, and wealth distribution. The experiment should also be more significant if there was only a short increase in violence and after the movie’s release and a temporary period of time, the violence towards citizens stops that would help imply causal relationship. This exercise is adapted from Jane Haldonen and Cynthia Gray’s book, “The Critical Thinking Companion for Introductory Psychology”
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