Science Project:

How Does Clothing Color Influence First Impressions?

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Research Question:

  • Does color influence first impressions?

Does color influence the way that you perceive others? This experiment will investigate this idea by testing whether the color of clothing worn by a person influences others’ first-impressions of their personality.

Materials:

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • One volunteer
  • 5-10 T-shirts, each a different color
  • Male and female test subjects

Experimental Procedure

  1. Recruit a participant to serve as your person making a first-impression.
  2. Create a survey to evaluate what others’ impressions are of your volunteer. Example questions could include:
    • On a scale of 1 to 10, how outgoing is the person that you just met.
    • On a scale of 1 to 10, how creative do you think that this person is?
    • On a scale of 1 to 10, how smart is the person that you just met?
  3. Ask your volunteer to rehearse a prepared introduction. It should be very basic and should always be delivered to test subjects in exactly the same manner.
  4. Ask your volunteer to put on one of the colored T-shirts and introduce himself to a room of 20-30 test subjects.
  5. Ask the test subjects to take your survey.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with each of the colored T-shirts. Use a different set of test subjects for each experiment.
  7. Analyze your data. Did people always seem to have the same impression of your participant? Were there colors that seemed to alter test subjects’ perceptions of certain personality traits?

Terms/Concepts: color and first impressions

Author: Megan Doyle
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