Loftus and Palmer 1974

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1. What was the dependent variable?

  • How many cars were involved in the collision
  • The estimate of speed given
  • How many films they showed
  • What words they chose
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2. What did the pps have to provide after watching the film?

  • Blood test
  • An account of what happened as if they were an actual eye witness
  • A urine sample
  • A narrative inspired by it

3. Why might the students chosen to partcipate in the study be weakness

  • They can't read or write properly and so the answers given arent likey to have been legible forcing the researchers to make up the results
  • They may not have fully grasped the concept of this experiment and so may have wanted to sabotage it
  • They may not have been drivers themselves and so their estimate may not have been informed and so are likely to to be representative of many others within this circumstance
  • They're young and so are naive and may not know what to say

4. Which verb used gave the lowest mean estimate?

  • Hit
  • Bumped
  • Contacted
  • Collided

5. A weakness might be that the students may not have been under the same emotional strain as those in a real car incident leading to..

  • The findings not having validity
  • The findings not representing what the researcher wants to see
  • The findings not being replicable
  • The findings being heavily influenced by the experimenter bias


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