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The Power of Conformity

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Jodi Humphries

on 13 November 2012

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By: Jodi Humphries The Power of Conformity Solomon Asch He added new light to the subject of
conformity. His new experiments
let the psychology world open
many doors for future
research. The test most
famous for its results
is the line test. The Line Test Method: The visual materials were simply pairs of cards with three different lengths of vertical lines on one card and a single standard line the same length as one of the three comparison lines on the other. During the third test the group all chose the same WRONG line, the participant on the end was baffled... so does he...
A) maintain his opinion or
B) conform and agree with the group From the experiment talked about in the book, the first two test run smoothly, with individuals answering one at a time down the row and all agreeing with the RIGHT line that matched The Group The Participant The one participant is the test dummy The test participant chose the incorrect answer... 75% of the time! My opinion:
Asch had revolutionary ideas and his view on conformity really shaped the way for future research. The traits he used to determine whether or not you were a conformist where new compared to the older reasoning, and gave sight to perceptions of the world. I agree that the world around us is all about the social norm. And i believe there is a happy medium between conformity and rebellion. The End Example of Asch's Experiments Solomon Asch was born in Warsaw, Poland, on September 14, 1907, he came to the United States in 1920 and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1932. He spent 19 years working with a group of psychologists that included Wolfgang Kohler, this is where he got most of his experimenting done. Asch's classic textbook is an eloquent statement of his vision and ranks among the greatest works in psychology. Some of his quotes included:
On method: "If there must be principles of scientific method, then surely the first to claim our attention is that one should describe phenomena faithfully and allow them to guide the choice of problems and procedures."
On scale: "We must see group phenomena as both the product and condition of actions of individuals."
On culture: "Most social acts have to be understood in their setting, and lose meaning if isolated. No error in thinking about social facts is more serious than the failure to see their place and function."
On complexity: “We cannot be true to a fragment of man if we are not true, in at least a rudimentary way, to man himself."
Solomon E. Asch died at the age of 88 on February 20, 1996. Go for it!
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