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What Are Breaching Experiments?

A breaching experiment is a deliberate disruption of a social norm. They are done to gauge how strongly people react to the violation of that norm. This can tell us what social rules are most important to people.

Examples of Breaching Experiments

1. Shopping Out of a Stranger’s Cart

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2. Talking in Bathroom Stalls

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3. Popping a Child’s Balloon

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4. Eating a Whole Table of Free Samples

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5. Talking Uncomfortably Close

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6. Wearing a Speedo to a Funeral

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7. Not Engaging in Small Talk

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8. Sitting at Someone’s Table When Others are Available

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