Title

Does Smiling Increase Helping Behavior?

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

This study predicted that smiling would have an impact on helping behaviors. Using a between-subjects design, fifty participants, including 28 males and 22 females (M = 20.5 years, SD =2.21) were randomly assigned to a control or an experimental group. Participants were asked for directions by a confederate who either did or did not produce a smile and the amount of time spent helping was measured. Results showed that participants who received a smile from the confederate, spent more time giving directions than people who did not receive a smile. These results suggest that smiling affects helping behaviors.

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May 29th, 9:00 AM May 29th, 11:00 AM

Does Smiling Increase Helping Behavior?

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

This study predicted that smiling would have an impact on helping behaviors. Using a between-subjects design, fifty participants, including 28 males and 22 females (M = 20.5 years, SD =2.21) were randomly assigned to a control or an experimental group. Participants were asked for directions by a confederate who either did or did not produce a smile and the amount of time spent helping was measured. Results showed that participants who received a smile from the confederate, spent more time giving directions than people who did not receive a smile. These results suggest that smiling affects helping behaviors.