Effects Of Priming On Social Perception

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The overall study of these experiments was to experiment if priming would influence a participants’ behavior on social perception. The researchers inferred that behavioral responses to stereotypes and attitudes should be capable of automatically activating if there are stimuli that can activate it. Experiments 2a and 2b hypothesized that participants who had been primed with the elderly stereotype would walk more slowly compared to participants who had not been primed with stereotype-relevant stimuli due to their mood being effected. The hypothesis given in experiments 2a and 2b is good because the researchers started with a theory, the self fulfilling prophecy, then came up with a research question, if priming can impact one’s behavior and finally hypothesized participants who had been primed with the elderly stereotype would walk more slowly compared to participants who had not been primed with stereotype-relevant stimuli. The researchers used reasoning and logic as well as empiricism to their study. In the 2a experiment, there were thirty male and female New York University undergraduates who were enrolled in an Introductory course of Psychology and as for the 2b experiment, a different sample of thirty participants to fulfill a course requirement (Bargh et al., 1996). I believe that the researchers did not recruit an ideal sample to study their hypothesis. This represents a threat to external validity, because you cannot make generalizations from a nonrepresentative
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