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When people are told that some behavior is common, they are

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When people are told that some behavior is common, they are [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2017, 13:55
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When people are told that some behavior is common, they are more likely to indulge in that behavior even when society disapproves of it. For example, if many people are shown littering in an anti-litter advertisement, observers may subconsciously feel that littering is a normal, accepted activity. Thus, in order to influence behavior effectively, it is critical not to show or discuss anyone engaging in an activity that the advertisement seeks to discourage.

Which of the following, if true, most undermines the argument’s conclusion?

(A) In a study, the most effective anti-smoking advertisement featured a person smoking amidst a disapproving crowd.
(B) The most effective way to influence behavior is for parents to teach their children not to litter.
(C) People who watch public service advertisements are typically aware that actors are merely pretending to engage in the disapproved behavior.
(D) Teenagers are more likely to litter than the general population and less likely to be influenced by anti-litter advertisements.
(E) In a study, the most effective anti-littering advertisement featured a pristine public park with children playing in the background.
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Re: When people are told that some behavior is common, they are [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2018, 09:58
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what is OA?

I am confused between A and C

I`ll go with A.. is it right?
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Re: When people are told that some behavior is common, they are [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2018, 02:00
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C is just a fact. Irrelevant to weaken the conclusion.

A is the answer.

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Re: When people are told that some behavior is common, they are [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2018, 04:22
To answer the question, we should find the statement telling the fact that some activity adverts discourage is influencing. Choice A state this the best.
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In order to weaken argument , the conclusion must be attacked.
A states that even though it displayed what society( displeased crowd) deems as unfit , the campaign was very effective.
Thus the conclusion is directly attacked.
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Re: When people are told that some behavior is common, they are [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2020, 05:34
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We can summarize the argument in:

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it is critical not to show or discuss anyone engaging in an activity that the advertisement seeks to discourage.


So option A is case where the most effective way to get influence in the behaviour of the society was to show someone engaging in smoking. This is the opposite of the argument.
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