Influences of Conformity and Obedience

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Influences of Conformity and Obedience
Adrienne Alexander
Dr. Jay Greiner

Applications of Social Psychology
•         Make connections between social psychology and other disciplines. Social psychology is closely related to three other disciplines: personality psychology, organizational psychology, and sociology (social work is sometimes confused with social psychology, but it is really more similar to counseling psychology and clinical practice). In general, social psychology differs from personality psychology in that it focuses more on the situational influences of behavior than on individual differences between people; it differs from organizational psychology in that it does not focus specifically on behavior within organizations; and it differs from sociology in that it focuses on the behavior of individuals and small groups more than the behavior of large social systems and societies.

Social Psychology Network

•         Discuss the utility of social psychology in the real-world. Social psychology is the study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another. It includes topics such as persuasion, attraction, prejudice, and gender roles. The world is changing at a rapid pace, and the perspectives of social psychology have never been more important. Relationships are increasingly interdependent, and actions have broad implications beyond small worlds of family, friends, and neighborhood. Social psychology provides insights and findings to explain the rapid changes taking place in the world, from the women’s movement to the search for peace in troubled areas. As a scientifically based view of human behavior, social psychology is applied to many real-world settings, such as the workplace, diplomacy, health, and law and provides a complementary perspective for courses in American studies, anthropology, economics, gender studies, multiethnic studies, political studies, and sociology A consideration of the ways in which we experience ourselves and come to know others, how our attitudes and behavior are influenced by other people, and how our identities are institutionally mediated. How do we form and maintain conceptions of ourselves? How do we form and maintain impressions of others? What are the fallibilities of human reason in everyday life? What are the challenges we face in our pursuit of happiness? What role does physical beauty play in attraction? What factors promote conformity, compliance, and obedience? What is injustice, and how do people resist it in their daily lives? Under what conditions are some people likely to aid a person in distress? How are we affected by features of the physical environment around us? Social psychology has studied human aggression for much of the past 60 years. How do we explain aggression, violence, war, and murder? Focusing on two types of criminals–serial murderers and serial child sex offenders–this upper-level course examines social psychological and social interactionist models of human aggression. Students discuss theories and relevant empirical research.

Psychology Program at Bard – Social Psychology

2.    Influences of Conformity and Obedience Paper (due Week Six, Day 6) 1,750 to 2,100 evaluate the effect of group influence on the self using classical and contemporary literature.

a. Compare and contrast the concepts of conformity and obedience.

The Concepts Of Conformity And Obedience In Social Influence Conformity involves the changing of ones attitudes, opinions or behaviours to match those of others. Aronson (1988) defines it ' as a change in a persons behaviour or opinions as a result of real or imagined pressure from a person or group of people.' The pressure to act like other people,...
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