- Female students, moderately happy, USA, 1978
- N = 73
- Non Response:
- Questionnaire: paper
- Authors's Label
- Pleasant imagination
- Our Classification
- Related specification variables
- Experimental manipulation. Subjects were lead to believe they participated in an experiment to study their conceptions of life in Milwaukee at the turn of the century. They were asked to view a series of slides describing this area, to vividly imagine the scene and to write a description of a day in the life of a typical Milwaukeean living in 1900.
1.Bad old days condition: Half saw the slides accompanied by negative discriptions: (a)anymals and people drank and washed themselves in the same public fountain.(b)People all drank from the same filthy communal drinking cup.(c)These cups were vehicles for tuberculosis, smallpox and other diseases.(d)There were many people killed by these diseases.
2.Good old days condition: Half sa the slides accompanied by positive discriptions:(a)Beautifully carved fountains.(b)Artfully sculpted staues,characteristic of the craftsmanship of European immigrants.
c)Fountains suplied a thirsty public with cool water on sunny afternoons.
Observed Relation with Happiness
Pretreatment-happiness Mt'= 8.0
Posttreatment-happiness Mt'= 8.0
Good old days conditions:
Pretreatment-happiness Mt'= 7.8
Posttreatment-happiness Mt'= 7.6