evaluating research into conformity

Evaluating research into conformity

‘Child of its time’

·         Asch’s findings are unique to one culture – participants all men and all American  within the 1950’s era McCarthyism period

Perri and Spencer 1980

·         Repeated Asch’s study in England in the late 1970’s

·         Obtaining one conforming rate out of 396

·         Youths on probation and probation officers

·         Found similar evidence to Asch’s study

Unconvincing confederates

·         Difficult for confederates to act convincingly when giving the wrong answer.

Conformity or independence



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