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Free Hugs Psychology Experiment

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Free Hugs
Lauren English
Kerri Churches
Psych 170-D200
11 October, 2015

For my research study, I decided to conduct an experiment to see how many people would be freely willing to give me a hug when holding up a sign saying “Free Hugs”. How many people would be willing to give a complete stranger a hug? Would there be more women that would give someone a hug, rather than men? If I stood outside the RVC campus, held up my sign, and asked if they would like a hug, then I believe more women would feel comfortable to give me a hug rather than men. I decided to stand outside the Rock Valley College campus to perform my experiment because I was very curious to see how college students would react. Also, there are many different
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The data that I collected proves that more males were willing to give me a hug than females were. I was very shocked to see that more men were willing to give me a hug rather than women. I thought that this study was very interesting because it was very intriguing to see people break out of their comfort zone to receive a hug from someone that they did not know. I think there are many factors that could be manipulated and changed, such as the gender of who was holding the sign, how you were dressed, the community that you surround yourself in, and so on. I prevented personal bias by going to a community of people that I knew I did not know very well. The many people that I hugged were people that I have never seen before. I believe this experiment was very interesting to perform because even though it was just a social experiment for class, I still felt like I was making someone’s day a little brighter than it was
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