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UNIVERSITY OF CALOOCAN CITY

PSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT


EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Experiment No. 1: Auditory Perception

Introduction
The purpose of the conduction of this experiment is to determine whether the selected
students of B.S. Psychology 3-A can determine where did the sound of the bell came from and
imagine the distance and location of the book from where they are standing from. The
experiment has two parts, the first part is to identify if they can determine where the sound of
the bell is coming from while being blindfolded, while the second part the subject tries to
identify how far the sound is coming from, from where the subject is standing while being
blindfolded.

Materials & Methods
One (1) Standard Size Bell
One (1) Metal Measuring Tape
One (1) Pack of Cotton
One (1) Chair
One (1) Dark Colored Scarf
One (1) Pair of Earplug Each
Five (5) Hardbound Books
Twelve (12) - 1/8 Size Index card with Bold, Uppercase writing of:
UF (Upper Front), UL (Upper Left), UB (Upper Back), F (Front), DL (Down Left), UR (Upper
Right), DF (Down Front), R (Right), RB (Right Back), L (Left), DR (Down Right), and DB
(Down Back).

Part I
1.) The needed materials are prepared for the execution of the experiment. We make sure that each
member is familiar with whats written on the index cards.
2.) A chair is placed at the center of a room and we marked a 3 inch distance at every direction
(Right, Left, Front, Back & Right Back)
3.) Each needed tasks are assigned to every member, at every experiment done so that each member
can experience being the subject (two subjects A & B), the recorder and the experimenter.
4.) The subject sat on the chair and placed a blindfold to disable his/her sight.
5.) The experimenters rang the standardized sized bell ten times (10x) coming from the marked
directions. The bell will be rang depending on where the index card show it to be rang. The
subject then will say where he/she think the sound of the bell came from.
6.) Methods 1-5 are repeated but this time, with the subject having earplugs.
7.) The experiment is done while the direction that flashes on the index card and the response of the
subject base on from what he/she perceived is being recorded.
8.) The recorded data are gathered while the experimenters prepare for the part of the experiment.


UNIVERSITY OF CALOOCAN CITY
PSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Part II
1.) The needed materials are prepared for the execution of the experiment. We made sure that each
member is familiar with whats written on the index cards.
2.) A mark is placed at the center of a room and we marked a 3 inch distance at every direction where
the books or objects are placed. (Right, Left, Front, Back & Right Back)
3.) Each needed tasks are assigned to every member, at every experiment done so that each member
can experience being the subject (two subjects A & B), the recorder and the experimenter.
4.) The subject is told to stand at the center mark.
5.) The experiment is done while the subject A respond to the ring of the bell based on what flashes
on the index cards and while the distance of the subject B from the book of the said location is
recorded.
6.) Repeat methods 1-5, this time the subject B having earplugs.
7.) The experiment is done while the subject B respond to the ring of the bell based on what flashes on
the index cards and while the distance of the subject B from the book of the said location is
recorded.
8.) The tabulation and the interpretation of the data is made from the gathered data.

Result

Part I

Subject Position
F UF DF L UL DL R UR DR UB DB RB
A X X X X X
B X X X X X X X X
Legend: A Without Earplugs & Cotton, B With Earplugs & Cotton, F Front, UF Upper Front,
DF Down Front, L Left, UL Upper Left, DL Down Left, R Right, UR Upper Right, DR -
Down Right, UB Upper Back, DB Down Back, RB Right Back

Part II

Subject Position
F UF DF L UL DL R UR DR UB DB RB
A 9 4 21 6 4 13 18 7 8 89 4 3
B 7 7 15 42 17 8 34 2 39 1 12
Legend: A Without Earplugs & Cotton, B With Earplugs & Cotton, F Front, UF Upper Front,
DF Down Front, L Left, UL Upper Left, DL Down Left, R Right, UR Upper Right, DR -
Down Right, UB Upper Back, DB Down Back, RB Right Back



UNIVERSITY OF CALOOCAN CITY
PSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Discussion

Few factors from our setting affected the experiment; a.) There are random noises that
came from the students around the setting, which affected the subjects auditory perception.
b.) The weather suddenly shifted from sunny to rainy, the raindrops affected the performance
of the subjects. c.) There are random walking students around the setting which the subject
perceived their motion and footsteps.
The conducted experiment can be coordinated to the Place-Volley Theory. Subject A
more likely got correct answers because the sound frequency produce by the bell made more
vibrations on the basilar membrane of the brain of the subject A where the bell was rang. While
Subject B less likely got correct answers because his ears are plugged, the sound frequency from
where the bell was rang thats entering the basilar membrane part of the brain is reduced,
resulting to weaker vibrations. Therefore placing an earplug reduces the vibrations on the brain
produced by the sound frequency of the bell, making it harder for the subject to distinguish
where the sound was coming from.


Prepared by:



John Nathaniel Castillo
Student


Noted by:



Ralph Rainier B. Japzon
Professor