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Reaching a Verdict – How Psychology Can Inform Behaviour in the Courtroom

Reaching A Verdict


3.2 Majority Influence


·        An insight into the power of majority influences and conformity.


Key Study: Asch, The Power of Majority Influence & Conformity




·        To investigate the effects of conformity to a majority when the task is unambiguous.




·        A laboratory experiment




·        Asch arranged for a naïve participant to be asked a question to which several stooges of the experimenter had already given clearly the wrong answer.

·        The confederates were told to give the same incorrect answer on 12 critical trials. 

·        In total there were 18 trials with each participant:


o       In the first two trials- confederates answered correctly



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