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Asch Conformity Experiments

Jacob Stewart Dr. Wells English 101 20 September 2013 In the 1950's, a series of experiments were performed by psychologist Solomon Asch on the effects peer pressure can have on someone that would otherwise be stalwart in their judgment. In the experiment, a group of young men were shown a line with three other lines of various lengths next to it, and asked to determine which of three lines matched the length of the first line. There was, however, a catch: all but one of the men were...

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Conformity

People conform? (Explanation for conformity) * INFORMATIONAL INFLUENCES  because they lack information or do not know the answer. People assume that others probably know more than they do. This may apply to the Jenness and shrif study. * NORMATIVE INFLUENCES  people want to be accepted as part of the group, don't want to be different. This may apply to the Asch studies. Jenness (1932) was the first psychologist to study conformity. His experiment was an ambiguous situation involving...

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Milgram experiment, Asch experiment, and Zimbos prison experiment

The milgram experiment. The three people involved were: the one running the experiment, the subject of the experiment a volunteer, and a person pretending to be a volunteer. These three persons fill three distinct roles: the Experimenter an authoritative role, the Teacher a role intended to obey the orders of the Experimenter, and the Learner the recipient of stimulus from the Teacher. The subject and the actor both drew slips of paper to determine their roles, but unknown to the subject, both...

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conformity

CONFORMITY 1 Conformity Most individuals are aware of the physical pressure such as iron weights or a heavy backpack, but who is consciously aware of the finite pressure involved in our everyday social lives? One main form of social pressure is conformity, which is changing or manipulating your thoughts or actions in order to match others around you. Are you a rebel or a conformist? “Most consider themselves not to be considered terribly strange or frightening yet nonconformist enough...

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Evaluation of Asch

'The Asch Studies' were a series of experiments designed to test humans' tendency for conformity. Asch's work was a direct response to the work of Sherif, although Sherif was technically studying the process of norm formation in new groups. The reason why Asch wanted to improve on Sherif's work is that he believed that Sherif only achieved the results he did due to the ambiguity of the task; in other words, the participants had no idea what the correct answer was and so considered their best bet...

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Solomon Asch

Solomon Asch - Conformity Experiment Asch believed that the main problem with Sherif's (1935) conformity experiment was that there was no correct answer to the ambiguous autokinetic experiment.  How could we be sure that a person conformed when there was no correct answer? Asch (1951) devised what is now regarded as a classic experiment in social psychology, whereby there was an obvious answer to a line judgment task.  If the participant gave an incorrect answer it would be clear that this was...

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conformity

Conformity In our daily life, whenever we have to make decision, we may always have many concerns and may hardly make a choice. Different people will have different concerning point even though they are deciding the same thing. For example, when 2 girls go shopping and both of them want to buy the same dress, one of them may concern about whether the dress worth the price while the other girl may think that whether she should buy that piece of dress as she already owns...

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The Power of Conformity

The Power of Conformity Ryan Herlong Conformity refers to an individual's behavior that is performed because of group pressure, even though that pressure might not involve a direct request. Many people want to think that they are conformist enough so that they are not looked upon as strange to others and nonconformist enough to demonstrate that they are capable of thinking by themselves. For many years, psychologists have been interested in human conformity. Usually...

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Conformity and Obedience

Conformity and Obedience. In order to answer the question it is first necessary to define conformity and obedience. According to Woods, (2001 p. 107): ‘ We often adjust our actions or opinions so that they fit in well with those of other people. This is known as social conformity ......’ And Gross, (2001 pg.392) stated that: Obedience is affected by direction (from somebody in higher authority). This essay will explore circumstances in which we are likely to conform;...

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Conformity

Conformity By definition conformity is a change in behaviour or belief as a result of real or imagined group; it is synonymous to agreement. It is not just acting as other people act, but it is also being affected by how they act. It means that you might even think differently from the way you would, if you were alone. Conformity could be both good and bad, it depends on the situation. If it leads to someone to drive drunk or take part in a racist actions then without any doubt it is definitely...

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