The Effects Of Counterfactual Thinking On Students At Florida International University

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Methods
Participants
There were 425 participants that participated in this experimental study. Most of the participants were friends and family of students at Florida International University. Of these, 152 were male (36%) and 273 were female (64%) The age of the sample ranged from 14 to 76 (M = 29.05, SD = 11.88). This included 42% Hispanic (N =180), 27% African American (N = 116), 25% Caucasian (N = 108), and 3% Asian (N = 13), 1% other (N =6), and .5% Native American (N =2).
Materials and Procedures
In order to examine the effects of counterfactual thinking, we were able to create an online survey through a server called Qualtrics. In order to find our participants, we recruited friends and family members through e-mail, telephone, and social media. After hearing some initial information about what the study entailed, the participants who consented to be in the study were given a link to complete an online survey and then, they were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: the changeable (C), the unchangeable (UN) and the neutral (N). All surveys contained four main parts: part one of the survey included the scenario. In the changeable condition, participants read about a taxi driver who is rude to a handicapped couple and refuses to drive them bridge. As a result, the taxi driver heads back alone and makes it safely over the bridge before it collapses 15 minutes later. However, the couple did not have the same luck. After the taxi driver left, the couple decided to…

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