Asch- Procedures

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What was Asch's research method?
Observation carried out under controlled conditions
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What did Asch's sample consist of?
123 naive (true) pps collected by a volunteer sample. All male from 3 USA colleges.
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Number of confederates.
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Where did the 1 true pps sit?
Second to last in the row so they can hear the answers of the confederates.
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The pps were shown a series of lines which consisted of what?
A standard line and 3 separate lines (all with a difference of between 3/4 of an inch and 1 and 3/4 inches.
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What were the pps asked to do with the lines?
Match the standard line to one of the other lines, where the answer was always obvious, aloud in front of the others.
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How many trials were there?
18 trials for each group, and on 12 critical trials, all the confederates called out the wrong unambiguous answer.
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What were some variations that Asch introduced?
1) Varied the confederate size from 1-15. 2) He allowed one confederate to always answer truthfully. 3) A pps who gave wrong but different answers to other confederates.
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Why did Asch interview the pps?
To see why they had conformed.
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How did Asch address some ethical issues?
He debriefed his pps explaining the true purpose of the research.
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