People Watching Assignment 1 Essay

Submitted By Jeri-Kemple
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People Watching Assignment Option 1 Set yourself up as a "target" of a persuasion expert in a setting of your choice: retail stores (e.g., jewelry, bridal, electronics, furniture, car), sales parties (e.g., Tupperware, candles), in-home sales (e.g., knives, vacuums, water purifiers), military recruiters, life insurance sales, etc. You are not required to tell blatant lies about your reason for being there but you should behave as naturally as you can. Exit the situation without buying or committing to anything and immediately write detailed notes about the setting and experience, including the appearance and behavior of the persuasion expert. Note persuasive techniques. You may wish to have a friend unobtrusively observe the interaction so that you can compare notes afterward. You will need to turn in these notes with your paper. Option 2
Go along with another person who has a reason to be interacting with a persuasion expert: retail stores (e.g., jewelry, bridal, electronics, furniture, car), sales parties (e.g., Tupperware, candles), in-home sales (e.g., knives, vacuums, water purifiers), military recruiters, life insurance sales, etc. Write detailed notes about the setting and experience, including the appearance and behavior of the persuasion expert. Note any persuasive techniques. You will need to turn in these notes with your paper.

Assignment Guidelines Write a 2-3-page (typed, double-spaced) analytical-reflective paper in APA format on your experience in which you address these points:
Briefly, summarize the main features of the experience.
Analyze your experience in terms of persuasion tactics and powerful situational influences. Support your analysis using a minimum of 5 specific social psychology concepts related to influence and persuasion from your reading assignments. Cite your source for these concepts including the page number. Using your own words, define the concepts that you use and then clearly connect your observations/experience with the concepts. Reflect on what you learned about persuasion and/or influential tactics and how vulnerable you may be to being persuaded or influenced. Your paper and field…