Hypothesis: hot girls are more highly to get help
We chose to use the field experimental method of research.
We would get three girls of a varying degrees of attractiveness.
1- one will be so attractively dressed up
2- one will be moderately dressed up
3- one will be dressed up in a dull way
All of them would go to a certain place that has very long lines of people waiting for their turns. Each one of them would act as if she is in rush and ask the guys in the very long if she could take their turn. And we would register people’s reactions to every one of them every time.
Independent variable: the attractiveness of the girl
Dependent: receiving help
Advantages: it makes us achieve causal inferences
Disadvantages: – you can’t control all of other external variables, such as people’s circumstances (they could be in a hurry)- people’s background (education- social class).
– we also might lose our internal validity.
– people are of different backgrounds/ education
– Some guys would be in a rush as well
– people’s reactions may vary according to the context
Conclusion: either the experiment would confirm our hypothesis or would refute it, and then we would modify the hypothesis and re-test it.