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Abstract Subjects were given a drawing of a car crash to observe Then the drawing was taken away and the subjects were given a question pertaining to the speed of the crash There were two different questions distributed to the subjects One question was written with no bias or special wording while the other question had a bias and special wording The hypothesis was that the question bias would effect the response of the subject Also the hypothesis suggests that the wording will have different amounts of influence on males and females It was found that the results match the hypothesis in that the wording of the question had changed the response Also gender plays a role in the amount of influence the biased question has These results have also been confirmed by other studies This information can be used to evaluate propaganda techniques used by the media and elsewhere Effect of Question Wording on Response The study of the wording of a question is useful to evaluate influential tactics especially employed by the media The relationship of question wording to response is becoming more evident to psychologists Many investigators have confirmed that slight changes in the way questions are worded can have significant impact on how people respond Walonick 2001 The study The Effect of the Question on Survey Responses A Review looked at the effect of question wording on response Kalton Schuman 1982 The question pertained to a social issue at the time The social issue had two opinions argument A and argument B There were three questions the first one had only argument A the second one had only argument B and the last had both argument A and B The results were that there was a difference of 14 between the first and second questions Kalton and Schuman concluded that by adding only one argument in the question the respondent answered biased towards that argument The study also noticed
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