Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal

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Test Taking: A Research Proposal to Examine the Pressures to Conform on High and Low Self-Monitors


The proposed study will add to the prior research on self-monitoring and conformity. It will investigate whether conformity can be induced in a test taking situation, and whether people who are high or low in self-monitoring (SM) differ in their level of conformity. Participants will be 80 undergraduate students who will complete the Self-Monitoring Scale (SMS; Snyder, 1974). They will then take a test consisting of 50 math questions, while in a room of confederates who leave either early or later. The time it takes for participants to hand in their test will be measured. Expected results are that participants who are high in SM will conform the most to confederates. Implications, such as test structure, as well as limitations and future directions are discussed.

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