Based on a site I learned about from Johnathan Mueller and his excellent TSP newsletter. http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/
I thought it looked interesting and decided to design an activity so my students could test conformity in our student population. While it is based on a website it is NOT an online activity.
Based on this website…
"Vanessa Bohns and her colleagues first asked 52 student participants (31 women) to estimate how many people they'd have to approach on campus in order to get three people to tell a white lie. The lie was to sign a form saying the participant had given them a verbal introduction to a new university course, when really he/she had done no such thing. After making the estimate, the participants went out on campus to test their persuasiveness. On average, the participants thought they'd have to ask 8.47 people before 3 agreed; in reality they needed on average to ask just 4.39. In all, 91 per cent of the participants overestimated how many people they'd need to approach."
In this lab the students try to get their friends and colleagues to lie for them. I ask them to have their friends claim that the student told them about balloting for Psychology class, without them actually telling anyone. Not surprisingly the sign off sheets come in full. It is amazing how little integrity you will find on your campus. Last year the name of a local minister's grand-daughter featured prominently in our data set....she lied a lot!
We see all kinds of cool things with this lab. The "liars" are asked to rate the presenters...we had a student get a low rating, student asks their friend why, friend says, "you didn't do the presentation" even though they were willing to lie and say they did. They could lie about the presentation but could not give their friend the max score....fascinating.
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Second set of copies simply has my name removed so you can substitute your own. I replaced my name with the word “instructor.”