PSYA2: Social Influence

Overview of social influence

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SOCIAL INFLUENCE 

  • Conformity to majority influence 
  • Evaluating research into conformity
  • Conformity to minority influence 
  • Explanations of why people conform 
  • Obedience to authority 
  • Evaluating research into obedience to authority 
  • Explanations of why people obey 

SOCIAL INFLUENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE

  • Independent behaviour: Resisting social influence 
  • Individual differences in independent behaviour
  • Implications for social change 
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SOCIAL INFLUENCE 

- Types of conformity, including internalisation and compliance 

- Explanations of why people conform, including informational social influence and normative social influence 

- Obedience, including Milgram's work 

- Explanations of why people obey

SOCIAL INFLUENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE 

- Explanations of independent behaviour, including how people resist pressures to conform and pressures to obey authority 

- The influence of individual differences on independent behaviour 

- Implications for social change of research into social influence 

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Conformity to majority influence

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