After all of my work this semester, I have finally finished my experiment. While it took five days of running the experiment, I was able to get a pretty decent yield. Overall, I had 83 good results, which is over a fifth of the entire school. I ended up having to throw out a handful because something or other went wrong during the experiment. Most often this was because they choose to reject but never proposed a counter offer. Continue reading
I was discussing my procedure with my mentor last week when an interesting detail came up. The importance of making sure that the participants in the study do not think it is about race. This is important for an obvious reason, if people think that I am going to be observing how they interact with race, they will be paying more attention to how race is affecting them. But this is a study about the implicit effects of race, and so calling attention to it would completely ruin all of my data. Sadly, I must say, that means all of you aren’t going to be able to be participants. Continue reading
Since last week was a bit of a tangent, I want to give an update about the procedure for my study in this blog post. I’ve finally narrowed it down to two different game theory scenarios I might use for my study. In truth, it is actually just two different forms of the ultimatum game. I have discussed the ultimatum game before on my blog, but it never hurts to have a refresher. How it works is one of the two players has been given a dollar and gets to offer a way to split it. The other player can either accept or reject the proposed split. If they accept, the dollar gets divided in the proposed way. If they reject, then nobody gets anything. It is a simple game, but when played out has many small physiological subtitles. Continue reading
The article I am going to talk about this week is titled Development of in-group favoritism in children’s third-party punishment of selfishness. The study was mainly focused on how children would punish unfairness and how that would change based on ingroup and outgroup preferences.
In my final weeks of my independent research project I am now in the process of analyzing the data I’ve collected.The data collection was a long and tiring one, but I’m finally able to say it’s over. Continue reading
While forming a proposal for my research project last year, I could hardly contain my excitement. I wanted to have a profound effect on my community and the world around me. I knew that I was about to embark on a very interesting, and more importantly, meaningful journey. However, discussion of the topic for my independent research project, implicit bias, typically evokes a response of confusion or insincere interest. Continue reading