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"Small World" Experiment - Basic information for messengers

Small World We would like to ask you to take part in a social scientific experiment. In 1967 Stanley Milgram, a well-known psychologist from Harvard, entrusted numerous people from the Mid West of the United States with the transmission of a package. Each person was asked to pass on one package to somebody unknown from Massachusetts, located on the East Coast of the U.S. - They didn't have the permission to simply post/mail the letter to its target; they were only allowed to pass on the package to a person they knew.

Milgram thought that a few dozen "intermediate stops" would be needed to bring the package across the United States. But there were many less.

Now we want to repeat this experiment and ask you to pass on our "package" (i. e. our letter) to the address on the right hand side of the envelope.

We hope that the envelope will reach its destination pretty quickly. This experiment is part of a school project that has to be finished within 2006. We thank you for your cooperation. If you are interested we would also like to give you information about the results of this experiment. Feel free to ask whether the envelope has actually reached its destination.

"Small World" Experiment - Basic information for addressees

We want to thank you for your cooperation in taking part in the experiment "Small World" and providing the "final mail box". We hope that it is also interesting for you to get to know in what ways you are connected with others you don't know.

In order to be able to analyze this experiment, we ask you for the following information:

Our connections are:

Fachschaft Sozialwissenschaften
St.-Ursula-Str. 12
D - 57439 Attendorn

Thanks again!

Zur deutschen Dokumentation   [Deutsche Dokumentation]

©  Frank U. Kugelmeier, Attendorn 2006-2010

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