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  1. Aug 2021
    1. SUMMARY

      In conclusion this experiment covers a scientists theory concerning cognitive dissonance and opinion change when presented with a reward. It was found that the there is a slight tendency that an individual might change their mind but the larger the reward the less likely the change. This theory is an interesting one that should be created for more in-depth knowledge on how forced compliance across different subject areas can provide a change in opinions and behaviors. I would also keep the reward variable but change the reward. Money is a strong motivator but depending on what is being forced money may not best suited as a variable.

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      The results were interesting to note that the control group, the group treated identically to the other two groups but did not tell the girl whether or not the experiment was enjoyable or not, and the group given twenty dollars had closer numbers than those in the group given only one dollar. So even after doing the same mundane tasks the students who were given a higher reward answered similarly to those that were never asked to tell the waiting girl how the experiment went.

    3. The data from 11 of the 71 Ss in the experiment had to be discarded for the following reasons:

      It is interesting to note the eleven participants whose data had to be discarded at the end of the experiment and the reasoning behind it. Out of seventy-one participants only eleven had their data discarded because even for experimental purposes and money in this case, they still questioned the morality of lying.

    4. Seventy-one male students in the introductory psychology course at Stanford University were used in the experiment.

      Why did the University only select male participants? This experiment only shows the study done from a male perspective and then hired a female to be the one they send the male participants out to talk to.

    5. What happens to a person's private opinion if he is forced to do or say something contrary to that opinion?

      This question is what caught my attention when choosing this article. When calling into question a person's individual freedoms and the possibility of influencing those the scientific community should take it into deep consideration and research.


      The title of the article immediately made me think of the world we are living in now. For example it is becoming more and more evident that the country has mixed opinions on the vaccine. The government, state agencies and other public entities are requiring proof of a vaccine to even enter the premises. Some companies are offering incentives across the country to incentivize the vaccine by offering free products and discounts. To an extent from a medical perspective you want everyone as healthy as possible, but from a freedom perspective it is on the verge of violating an individual's freedom of choice through forced compliance.

    7. Across our nation we are facing this crisis with teachers and the critical race theory. There are many individuals all fighting for the same thing it seems like but the controversy lies in the subject at hand. Race and discrimination. This is forcing compliance in a field that does not even impact them like it will impact the children they are fighting over.

    8. The procedure was done nearly seventy years ago but the relevance of the topic is one of the reasons it is important in our psychology. For example what was the research of the findings to be used for?

    9. This study is important in the history of psychology because of the relevance of the topic covered. The scientist are focusing on how or if an individual's opinion can change when presented with a reward.