Social Psychology course at UTA experiments with “Free Hugs”

Air Date: April 29, 2019

A Social Psychology course offered at UTA held experiments around campus using a “free hugs” sign. The research was inspired from the Free Hugs Project by Ken Nwadike Jr. The project offers a hug to strangers in a public area with a sign. The course allowed for groups of students to pick a topic and incorporate it to their experiment. One group chose the impact of aggression on the Free Hugs Project as their topic. They included profanity on their “Free Hugs” sign as an element of aggression. After two trials, they received more hugs using the profanity sign. The Social Psychology research project brought awareness to the course. It also brought conversation on campus about the power of a hug.

Kimberly Barroteran