A set of instructions that work

Martin - I use these and they work everytime - try them. Chuck

                                      CHUCK TUCKER 920925B - CSG-RBND

                  INSTRUCTIONS FOR A RUBBER BAND EXPERIMENT

     1. Review the "rubber band experiment" described by Runkel in his
          statement (Chapter 10) on "control theory." You will need a
          rubber band knotted in the middle (called RB below), a target
          diagram (three examples included and others suggested) and a
          flat surface.

     2. Select a person, P with which to carry out a modification of the
          RB experiment. Instead of having P guess what is reasonable
          for your behavior, you will ask P to adopt a particular
          reference signal and perform accordingly.

     3. Place the target diagram (see below) on the table and ask P to
          keep the knot in the middle of the RB "over" the center of
          the target by saying: "Please put your finger in this loop of
          the rubber band and keep the knot in the center of the rubber
          band above the "X" in the middle of the target. I will put my
          finger in the other end of the rubber band and move my end but
          you should keep the knot over the "X" until I say STOP."
          (PAUSE UNTIL BOTH OF YOU HAVE YOUR FINGERS IN THE ENDS OF THE
          RB AND HAVE PLACED THE RB ON THE TARGET DIAGRAM WITH THER KNOT
          OVER THE "X") Say "STOP" when you have accomplished one of the
          purposes described below.

      4. Your assignment is to move your loop of the RB such that you
          can place P's finger (which is inside the other RB loop) over
          the letters on Diagram A to spell out the word 'CONTROL' by
          having placed his/her finger on these letters in sequence:
          C - O - N - T - R - O - L. When you have done that say "STOP".
          Then ask P: "Do you recall what word you spelled when your
          finger touched the letters?" WHAT EVER THE ANSWER TELL P: "The
          word you spelled was 'CONTROL'." THEN SAY TO P: "I want you to
          keep the knot over the "X" again I and will tell you to stop
          for each of the letters". DO AS ABOVE AND HAVE P SPELL THE
          WORD 'CONTROL' STOPING WHEN EACH LETTER IS TOUCHED BY HIS/HER
          FINGER.

          HINT: If P maintains her/his RS (knot over the "X"), you
               should be able to place P's finger over the letters. P
               cannot control both her/his finger and the knot: they are
               connected by P's maintenance of the RS and P's resistance
               to your disturbance. If P wants to control the knot over
               the "X", P must resist your disturbance. With ingenuity
               you can therefore get P to place her/his loop finger over
               all of the letters.

      5. You can do this assignment with Diagram B (colors) by have
          P's finger touch a sequence of colors. You can make a diagram
          of your own with figures (triangles, circles, squares,
          rectangles) at both ends of it; another with numerals like 1,
          2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 at both ends of it, as long as you can
          get a sequence of moves, remember them and have P touch them.

      6. Repeat this exercise with a total of three persons.

      7. Your report is due {see syllabus}. It should be typed (no
          more that 3 pages, double spaced) and include:

               (a) a description of your procedures, P's verbal and non-
               verbal actions, and the outcome for all three persons.

               (b) based on the observations reported in (a), write a one
               paragraph analysis of the hypothesis that you can
               influence another person only if it serves some purpose
               which is important to that person.

     8. Your could add an Appendix to your report by descibing what
          happens when you ask P to see if he/she can get you to spell a
          word, touch colors, figures, symbols or numerals.

                                  DIAGRAM A

        A R C U L O T

        N L O C B P F

        S I Y O N C V

        Q W R T O N D

        A G E I U Y S

        H K Z L B Z P

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         A R C U L O T

         N L O C B P F

        S I Y O N C V

        Q W R T O N D

        A G E I U Y S

        H K Z L B Z P

                                  DIAGRAM B

     BLACK WHITE RED BLUE YELLOW

     GREEN ORANGE BLACK WHITE PURPLE

     YELLOW RED GREEN BLACK WHITE

     BLACK WHITE RED BLUE YELLOW

     GREEN ORANGE BLACK WHITE PURPLE

     YELLOW RED GREEN BLACK WHITE

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     BLACK WHITE RED BLUE YELLOW

     GREEN ORANGE BLACK WHITE PURPLE

     YELLOW RED GREEN BLACK WHITE

     BLACK WHITE RED BLUE YELLOW

     GREEN ORANGE BLACK WHITE PURPLE

     YELLOW RED GREEN BLACK WHITE

                                  DIAGRAM C

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