- Berkowitz, Bickman and Milgram 1960 1-15 confederates looking up. -supports the idea of psychosocial law (lightbub effect)
- Darley and Latane (1970) found that a lone person is going to help someone in need rather than a group. Supports social impact theory as it is a - diffusion of responsibility
- supports the divisional effect
- Milgrams variation study where two peers rebelled. Obedience went to 10% -influence grater in number
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- Milgrams experiement was unethical, yet other supportive evidence was not unethical
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Fails to mention
- Individual differences, some people obey and dissent - WHY? (some are more passive and resistant) what happens then?
- Two groups of equal authority SIN, what happens? Who is source who is target?
- What happens when the source and target interact?
- More descriptive than explainatory, doesnt explain why we are obedient, agency theory does
- Reduced to a mathematical formular, too reductionist.
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- Agency Theory explains why we are obedient and what happens when we become obedient (agentic state). Could be a better explaination of obedience.
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Application to real life
- Diffusion of responsibility - if someone is in need in real life
- When speaking in an audience (division effect
- Psychosocial law - Berkowitz bickman and milgram, god supporting evidence that it can apply to everyday life.
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- Mathematical formular too reductionist
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- Generalisable to toher cultures around the world
- Useful in predicting behaviour under certain conditions (divided responsibility) (SIN)
- Reliable as it is set out clearly
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