Event Title

The Effect of Number of Opposers on Argumentativeness

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Angela Kilb

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

Abstract

Argumentativeness is a characteristic in which people have a fondness for arguing. The purpose of the current study is to determine whether people’s level of argumentativeness depends on the number of disagreeing individuals that are with them. Participants were paired with one confederate for the control group and two confederates for the experimental group. Participants were asked to state their opinion on a controversial topic. Next, the confederate disagreed with the participant along with an explanation why. The participant was then given an opportunity to respond. We measured the number of times that the participant offered counterpoints to the confederate and the amount of times the participant agreed with the confederate. Our prediction is that those in the experimental group would be less likely to show argumentativeness than the control group. This difference is expected because being outnumbered by two confederates should result in the participant feeling intimidated. Preliminary results will be presented.

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May 3rd, 3:00 PM May 3rd, 4:00 PM

The Effect of Number of Opposers on Argumentativeness

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Argumentativeness is a characteristic in which people have a fondness for arguing. The purpose of the current study is to determine whether people’s level of argumentativeness depends on the number of disagreeing individuals that are with them. Participants were paired with one confederate for the control group and two confederates for the experimental group. Participants were asked to state their opinion on a controversial topic. Next, the confederate disagreed with the participant along with an explanation why. The participant was then given an opportunity to respond. We measured the number of times that the participant offered counterpoints to the confederate and the amount of times the participant agreed with the confederate. Our prediction is that those in the experimental group would be less likely to show argumentativeness than the control group. This difference is expected because being outnumbered by two confederates should result in the participant feeling intimidated. Preliminary results will be presented.