Gendered doors – a Psychology Club experiment (hidden camera)

THREE doors: The one on the left is blank, the one in the middle has a male bathroom sign hanging on it, and the one on the right has a female bathroom sign. We used a hidden camera inside a backpack to capture it.

The experiment was to see if people would go through their own specified gender-ed door out of sheer Social conformity. (don’t want people to think you’re a girl if you’re NOT!)

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Some Toughts (11)

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    added on 27 Oct, 2010

    i like the mario sound effects

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    added on 14 Dec, 2010

    Great idea adding the 3rd door into the mix. Adds a whole new dimension to the experiment. Great video, especially the Mario sound effects. Great work!

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    added on 15 Dec, 2010

    @HerbACC that would definitely make it more credible, but it is what it is.

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    added on 15 Dec, 2010

    @JrDriver85 Hey thanks Mr. Big dog with 130,000 views. 😉 I really don't remember replying my vid to yours. I was just checking my stats and saw a lot of views came from yours and checked it out. It was pretty sweet. We were thinking it would be funny to put a question mark sign on the third door to make the conformity even stronger. but again. Thanks.

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    added on 23 Dec, 2010

    This would be better if there was a blank white sheet of paper on the third door to eliminate another extraneous variable, I think.

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    added on 12 Apr, 2011

    @lorenzosdreams well the extraneous variable is that there is nothing at all on one door. You have two gendered doors and one completely untreated door. A better (for lack of a better word) experiment would have two gendered doors and one completely neutral door that would involve still having paper taped to it, just without any sort of gender associated with it (ie, it would be blank).

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    added on 24 Jan, 2012

    @hardbed Question:

    How come when People came out of the left door you didn't count them, but if they came out of the other two (and their genders matched the signs on the door) you did?

    Great Experiment!! I love the music too, what is it?! 🙂

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    added on 29 May, 2012


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    added on 13 Feb, 2013

    Im doing an experiment as well and we need to write our literate review just wonder where did this experiment take place.

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    added on 14 Feb, 2013

    Utah State University. But just to make sure you know, This wasn't affiliated with USU or our psychology department in any way. 🙂

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    added on 24 Aug, 2017

    How many of these people actually noticed the signs on the door? Why did some of the people climbing the right side of the steps cross over to open the left door before they could even read the sign? Did being right or left handed dictate which door a person would use; left door handle was on the right while the other two doors the handle is on the left?

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