Friends of the researcher and participants volunteered to act as agents.
This was an informal study. However, every attempt was made to minimize the impact of factors other than the presence or absence of a uniform. All agents were male, and of medium height, weight, and build, with no distinguishing physical characteristics to minimize reactions to the person rather than the uniform. Scripts were developed for each scenario to provide uniformed and nonuniformed agents with the same or similar dialogue. Costumes were rented from a local theatrical supply house.
Reactions to uniform and nonuniform-clad agents would be