Social Influence Booklet for AS AQA A Psychology

Basically a 22 page booklet of the whole of social influence (I think!) for AS AQA A Psychology. It has conformity, obedience and social change. It's a mix of all my teacher's notes, so credit goes to him for making them all, I've just shoved it all together in word and made it pretty. It's colourful and full of pictures because that's what helps me learn and is full of key studies and terms, but you might have learnt different ones, depends on your teacher :) Have fun...

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Social Influence
Conformity- when we adjust our behaviour or opinions to match more closely
with the majority of others. It is implicit rather than explicit. Conformity is a
specific reaction to social influence. When conforming, individuals adopt the
behaviours, attitudes and/or values of a numerically larger group (majority). It

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Informational Social Influence: Motivated by desire to be correct. When
a person is in a situation is unsure of the correct way to behave, they will
look for cues from others.
Normative Social Influence: Motivated by the need to fit in with the
group. The influences of others that lead…

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Conformity in Research Studies:

Jenness (1932) - Informative Influence (Internalisation); Participants were
shown a glass bottle filled with beans and were told to estimate individually
how many beans were in the bottle. Then they all joined as a group
and estimated together. After this they were asked if they wanted…

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prisoner issues. They eventually became submissive making the guards even
more aggressive and assertive. Some prisoners were taken out of the
experiment early, because they were showing signs of depression and
emotional disorders. After six days the experiment was
stopped because some might be physically or mentally
damaged if it…

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Factors that Increase and Decrease Conformity:

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Obedience: When an individual or individuals acts upon a direct request or
order from someone else. It is assumed that without the request or order the
individual would not have acted in that way.

How does conformity differ from obedience?

Examples of perceived authority:

Police Officer

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Key Quotes:

Stanley Milgram investigated destructive obedience where orders are obeyed
even though the individual understands the negative consequences. He was
particularly interested in what happened in the concentration camps during the
Second World War. At Auschwitz for example, there were up to 12,000 deaths
a day.…

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but obedient of people with high status. They are rigid in their opinions and
beliefs and have conventional, upholding, traditional values.

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Thanks it's really useful, like you're other one.

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