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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY-0013
Professor
Jessica Remedios
Semester
Fall

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Class Notes, Nov. 4 Conformity Part 1 Conformity: the tendency to change our perceptions, opinions, or behaviors in ways that are consistent with group norms Automatic (social mimicry) or controlled choice Continuum of social influence Yielding (obedience, compliance, conformity)   Resisting (independence, assertiveness, defiance) Is conformity good or bad? Some degree essential for social order Can be harmful (peer pressure) Line judgment study (Asch) Vision test, choose publicly a line from among a group of lines that is the same length as a given standard Confederates would choose incorrect answer, what would participants choose? Varied from 1-15 confederates Conformity increased as group size increased Dissenter reduced conformity by ¼ Making judgments privately reduced conformity by 2/3 Why do people conform? Informational influence – when a person believes others are right Normative influence – when a person fears negative social consequences of being deviant (both at work in Asch study) Factors that affect conformity Group size (increases conformity, but negligible effects after 3-4) Dissent (decreases conformity) Gender (women more likely to conform than men in publ
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