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    Solomon Asch Conformity

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    conventions or standards. Polish Gestalt Psychologist, Solomon Asch, tested the limits of conformity and the people it affected. His experiments are widely known and used for studies in social psychology today. He is seen as a pioneer in social psychology in the United States. The early life of Solomon Asch is one of many struggles and hardships. He was born in Warsaw, Poland to a poor Jewish family. He grew up in Lowicz, Poland and emigrated to the United States at age thirteen. He and his family lived on the Lower East side of New York in a small, diverse community along with other Jewish, Italian, and Irish immigrants. His friends…

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    Solomon Asch, a social psychologist conducted a series of experiments called Asch conformity to study how the behavior of a certain group influence the behavior of an individual. In his experiment he formed a group and asked them to choose a line from a given set of lines that corresponds to the target line. In this group all the members except the subject were confederates. The experimenter had informed the confederates to give incorrect answers on purpose. The purpose was to know if the real…

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    Solomon E. Asch’s (1955) experiment on conformity to social pressure puts perspective on how the views of a majority and/or experts can transform the opinion of an individual. Social influences shape every person and that is demonstrated in Asch’s study. The study could be the explanation for numerous social phenomenon’s such as “the spread of opinion to the following of crowds and the following of leaders” (Asch, 1955). His study focuses on the generalised idea that individuals will conform…

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    In 1951, Solomon Asch, a Polish psychologist working in the United States, tested conformity by asking participants to judge the lengths of lines. Asch’s study examined the responses of 123 male American undergraduates to the test. The naïve participant was tested individually among a group of between six to eight confederates, or actors; however, the participant was unaware that the others were not genuine partakers. Asch showed each group of participants two white cards at the same time; on…

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    It’s easy to say something rather than it is to do it, in the Solomon Asch experiments it’s very clear to see that peer pressure has a huge impact on us as a whole. In this experiment you basically are forced to go for the wrong answer simply because that’s what everyone else is choosing to do. If I were there and I knew what the right answer was, I’d still pick the wrong card that everyone else is choosing because I would rather feel comfortable with everyone participating rather than stick…

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    Dilemmas of obedience is a widespread topic that has been studied by Solomon Asch and Stanly Milgram. Asch studied the probability of a person to conform to a group and Milgram investigated one’s ability to resist authority. Although there’s variations in the way each experiment was conducted, there’s many similarities that relate to the treatment of each subject. Results of these studies support the reasoning behind the different ways that people act. Events in the past can also correlate with…

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    People conform everyday to the smallest things such as getting a water instead of a pop and following cake recipes. Solomon E. Asch, who is a social psychologist at Rutgers University, ran an experiment called Opinions and Social Pressure. Philip G. Zimbardo who is a professor of psychology at Stanford University, ran a study titled The Stanford Prison Experiment. Both of these experiments prove that by human nature, people are scared to go against the norm because they fear the feeling of being…

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    Ontology Vs Epistemology

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    Conformism itself is when individual changes his attitudes, opinions, perceptions and behavior in accordance with those, which prevail in the society or the group to which the individual belongs. Asch started his experiments due to disagreement with famous Turkish social psychologist Muzafer Sherif, who concluded that group discussion during the experiment between the participants affects their assessments and following group`s opinion would always occur despite individual`s conscience. Asch was…

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    Asch, a social psychologist at Rutgers University, describes an experiment which studied the effects of peer pressure. In this experiment, eight subjects and an experimenter are in a room together. All but one subject has been told by the experimenter to answer the questions incorrectly after the first couple rounds. The experimenter held two cards before the group, one had a vertical line segment, and the other had three line segments. The subjects had to say which of the three lines was…

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    If the primary college student 's eating behavior is consistent with person three and four or not consistent with person one or two, then it can be concluded that proximity of peers doesn 't affect eating behaviors of college students. However, due to the results of Asch 's conformity experiment, I think there will be at least a slight influence on proximity of peers on students ' eating behavior as group behavior is known to affect the behavior of an individual. The influence could be as small…

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