Bocchiaro

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  • Bocchiaro - Obedience and Whistle blowing
    • Participants
      • 149 undergrads (96 Women, 53 Men)
      • Mean age = 20/21 years old
      • Were given course credit or €7
      • 11 participants removed because of they guessed the aim
    • Research Method
      • AIM:to investigate the rate of obedience disobedience and whistle blowing in a situation where no physical violence was involved
      • Lab Experiment     (no IV so a scenario study)
      • Took place at a uni in Amsterdam
        • Standardised procedures
        • same experience for all participants
    • Materials
      • Computer
      • Mailbox
      • Research Committee Forms (whistle blowers form)
    • Procedure
      • 8 pilot tests to ensure it was morally okay
      • Comparison groups provided with detailed setting and asked "what would they do? what would the student do?"
      • Participants greeted by a male, informed of the task, given the right to withdraw
      • Participants given cover story, told that research forms in the next room
      • Participants told to get people to do experiment, had to be positive
      • Whole procedure took 40 minutes
    • Results & Conclusions
      • Comparison group
        • themselves obey = 3.6% students = 18.8%
        • themselves disobey= 31.9% students = 43.9%
        • themselves whistle blow = 64.5% students = 37.3%
      • Partcipants
        • 114 obeyed, 21 disobeyed, 9 whistle blew
          • 9 anonymous whistle blowers, 5 open whistle blowers
        • no differences in relation to gender or religion, difference between level of faith
      • Conclusion
        • behaving in a moral behaviour is challenging for some people
        • whistle blowers have more faith

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