research into conformity essay

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Essay Questions

8/10/12 marks
Marks are always split equally
Outline (AO1) + evaluate (AO2)

Unit 1 (PSYA1)- only one 1 essay question
Research methods
Developmental
Cognitive

Unit 2 (PSYA2)- at least 2 essay question
Social
Stress
Abnormality

Outline + Evaluate research into conformity (12 marks)

Outline (6 marks) - describing

Evaluate (6 marks)

Conformity- Asch, Sherif Moscovici, zimberardo

Pick 2 studies – Asch and Sherif for example which 6 marks.

AO1- (6 marks)
3- Asch – Aims, Procedure, findings/conclusions
3- Sherif – Aims, Procedure, findings/conclusions

AO2- (6 marks)
Evaluate – S+W
Research methods
It lacks Mundane realism- why ash lacks mundane lacks it and then why sherif
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This study showed that majority influence can effect someone’s opinion, especially when there is a chance of informational social influence.

Another study researching into conformity is Asch’s study that was conducted 1951. Asch wondered whether there would be majority influence when the answer was obvious but the majority gave the wrong answer. He aimed to find out whether the effects of majority influence, previously found in situations in which the stimulus was ambiguous, are so great that they are still present even when it is apparently obvious that the majority have responded incorrectly. Asch set up a situation in which seven people all sat looking at a display. In turn, they said out loud which one of three lines, A, B or C was the same length as a given stimulus line X. All but one of the participants were confederates and were asked by the experimenter to all give the same wrong answer. The one genuine participant was the last one to offer their opinion on each trail. Their was also an controlled condition where there were no confederates to be able to compare the results. The results showed that in the critical group with the confederates the genuine participant showed majority influence by also giving the same wrong answer on approximately 37% of trails. Compared to the results in the controlled conditions were a wrong answer was only given

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