Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 80-82

First online:

Effects of positive and negative requests on compliance following transgression

  • David L. McmillenAffiliated withMississippi State University
  • , Jerry A. JacksonAffiliated withMississippi State University
  • , James B. AustinAffiliated withMississippi State University


Fifty Ss were assigned randomly to four cells of a 2 by 2 factorial design. Half the Ss were induced to transgress by cheating on a multiple-choice psychology test, while half the Ss did not transgress. Following the transgression manipulation, 28 of the Ss from each of the above conditions were asked to circulate a petition