Target By Amanda Failor and Ellie Christman
Question Do people act differently if they are asked to find something in the store but they don't work there?
Abstract We thought about this idea because we always walk around stores wondering which people work there.
Hypothesis We think that if we ask the real workers then they'll help us but if we ask the non-workers they'll look confused.
Experimental Procedure • Went to Target • Walked around Target looking for our victims • Once we found someone we went up to them and asked if they would help us find what we were looking for • We took pictures • Wrote down people's responses • We asked three non-workers and three actual workers
Controlled Variable We are comparing our data to asking real workers. The Target we were at stayed the same and the question we asked stayed the same, "where are the soccer balls?"
Experimental Variable What we changed in our experiment to get a reaction was that we asked people who were shopping instead of the workers.
Conclusion In conclusion, our hypothesis was somewhat true. The real workers helped us right away but the non-workers also tried to help. They seemed a little confused at first, but they usually did what they could to help.
Further Research If we were to redo this experiment, we would ask more people. Our project could be related to different studies of animal behavior such as learned behavior. The Target workers learned to know where everything is where the other people didn't know.