The Parking Cone Experiment

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The Parking Cone Experiment

  1. 1. The Parking Cone Experiment Experimenters : Alex, Aaron & Abbey
  2. 2. Hypothesis <ul><li>80% of people who can drive will not get out of their cars to move parking cones in a desirable parking spot that is located in a high traffic parking lot. </li></ul><ul><li>Out of the 80% of people who will not move the cones, 60% will be women and 20% will be men. </li></ul><ul><li>20% of people who can drive will get out of their car and stall traffic to attain the highly wanted parking spot. </li></ul><ul><li>Out of the 20% of people who will move the cones, 15% will be men and 5% will be women. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Subjects tested <ul><li>The subjects will be the people who are looking for a parking spot in the food court parking lot at Southridge Mall and those who are looking for a parking spot at the Waterford Pick N’ Save. </li></ul><ul><li>The subjects are broken down into categories based on gender and whether or not they get out of their cars to move the parking cone. </li></ul><ul><li>A total of 20 people will be tested. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Procedure <ul><li>Arrive at a high traffic shopping facility (Southridge Mall & Pick N’ Save) </li></ul><ul><li>Place 1 orange cone in the middle of a parking spot that is near the entrance to the facility. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Closer parking spots have a higher “value” than those that are further away. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hide near the cones, but out of view and record visual data on what happens. </li></ul><ul><li>If there is more than one spot open that is next to the original spot, place cones so that each spot is not able to be parked in without moving the cones. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Experiment in Action <ul><li>(place youtube or whatever link here & then delete this) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Data
  7. 7. Conclusion <ul><li>Out of the 20 people tested, 18 people decided to drive by the cones instead of moving them. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 2 people, one male and one female, decided to have the cones moved. </li></ul><ul><li>The hypothesis was partly correct. The results show that the majority of people did not get out of their cars and move the cones, just like the hypothesis stated. However, when it came down to having the cones moved, men and women totaled to be even in that category, unlike the hypothesis which stated that more men would move the cones instead of women. </li></ul><ul><li>The 18 people that decided to not move the cones drove by incredibly slow, some even stopped in the middle of the lane. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people would quickly turn into the spot, but then back out because they realized the cone was placed there. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reasons for Results <ul><li>The people who drove by when at the Southridge location might have thought that the cones were there for safety or other reasons. They also may have been too lazy to get out of their cars to move the cones. </li></ul><ul><li>There was one man who asked a couple walking by to move the cone out of the way for him so he could park there. If there was no one walking by, he probably would have been added to the number of people who drove by. </li></ul><ul><li>People who drove by at Pick N’ Save might have thought it wasn’t worth it simply because there were other spots close by and it wasn’t that busy. </li></ul><ul><li>The woman who did move the cones there saw us in the car and decided to toss the cones in the direction of the car we were sitting in while taping. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What can be done to make it better? <ul><li>The experiment could be done differently in order to get better results. </li></ul><ul><li>Experimenters need to be more out of sight. A fair amount of people were able to see the cameras and ourselves when they were driving past the parking spots. </li></ul><ul><li>A look out for mall cop security should be put into place. The second round of experiments had this put into the plan and it helped a great deal. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to get a parking spot close to or across from the spot that the cone is placed in. This will help with staying out of sight and having a better camera angle with taping the data. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The End

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