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Lecture 20

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University of Toronto Scarborough
John Bassili

Lecture 20 - Social Influence Conformity: one form of social influence Direct social influence : obedience to authority - authority issues an order - obedience is usually a good thing; parents holding authority over children and give them instructionsguidance and the child needs to obey - second world war: atrocities were committed by the Nazis where Jewish people were systematically killed - the defence used by people I was just a good officer obeying orders ; explanation for immense atrocities for WW2 - Vietnam war us soldiers massacre in My Lai in the 70s ; US was trying to win the war - public opinion against war in US ; shook American public into realizing whats going on - William Kali ordered men to enter village and kill villagers because they thought that they were supports of the enemy situation often exerts strong pressures on the individual; orders given by people in authority create such pressures Milgrams research on obedience to authority - found a surprising level of obedience - doing what authority wants person to do; people become concerned or upset, authority debrief person - Nazis: they are psycho path, personality is worped , cause troub
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