Peer Response – Quantitative Data Analysis (Paulo)

 

Regarding this fabulous piece of work here.

I’ve had someone push all the buttons on the elevator before. It is the most frustrating, rage-inducing, satanic form of gratification from boredom that has ever existed. Naturally, I was excited to hear how Paulo’s experiment had gone. On March 10, 2014, Paulo’s group followed a set of specific steps to execute an experiment inside one John Jay College elevator with random students existent in it the procedure. The group had created a scale numbered from one to five, to evaluate the reactions of other students not aware of the study, in a numerical format. In addition to the scale, Paulo’s group had documented the gender of each student they spotted, in order to see if the data of reactions they had gathered from males and females were in any way comparable. Paulo explained that this was to better decipher what men and women had in common (potentially, because correlation does not mean causation). The experiment began, and Paulo and his group quickly recorded the results. They were fairly normal and standard, ranging anywhere from sighs of annoyance and exasperation to a blunt, out-loud reaction, expressing their frustration. There was never any argument or conflict with the researcher, which was something I was a little disappointed about. My group had gone through such a horrific confrontation that I had secretly hoped for one of the other groups to suffer (sorry, Paulo) the way that we had, if only to create some solidarity among the groups, to better help the student that inadvertently ended up in such a confrontational, hostile moment.

What I loved most about Paulo’s paper was the way he had described the two women that had immediately turned to each other and began to express their vexations, not knowing who pushed all the elevator buttons but proclaiming their aggravation all the same. I think it’s the most incredible phenomenon, when strangers will come together over the joy or infuriation over something as trivial as a little more time on an elevator. Similar to finding a friend that “hates” the same person that you do, you have now created a bond with that person, because you were brought together by something that made you angry. Unwritten codes of public conductivity are often part of many of the subconscious guidelines that help us to travel through societal masses. After collecting and thoroughly analyzing all the data composed of the experiment, one thing was clear, that this form of behavior is not welcome in the elevators at John Jay College. Each student who entered the elevator reacted in some way. Finally, I loved how Paulo handled the potential issues that might have come up during his experiment, like the way the student was eating food. He clearly had all the bases covered and I loved reading about them.

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