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 personalities that are being dealt with because the campus is so large and there are many people. Though many college students range around early twenties, there are also many older adults that are on campus that have the ages between forty and fifty. While conducting my experiment, many people were shy to approach me. A lot of people that passed by either giggled and walked pass, or refused to make eye contact. I was really afraid that I was going to walk out of this experiment with one to none hugs. About fifteen minutes goes past, and finally, a group of boys notice my sign and each of them gave me a hug. They seemed very happy and pleased when they saw my sign. When people saw what the group of boys did, more people began to join in and gave me hugs. I had a lot of smiles and “have a good day” come from people that I have never seen before. Even though this was just for a social experiment, I felt as if I was performing a good deed. The more hugs I got, the more I noticed the time difference between each one; some hugs grew longer than other ones. I decided to perform an experiment because I was more intrigued to have encounters with…...

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