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1. Gibson and Walk's aims were

  • to see if depth perception is innate or learned using animals and humans
  • to see if levels of obedience are affected by an authoritive figure
  • to see if conformity is affected by social pressure from other people
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2. Milgram's study focused on how people became criminals in

  • WW2
  • WW1
  • Vietnam War

3. Problems with previous studies for Rahe, mahan and arthur

  • lacked ecological validity and didn't measure stress in same ways
  • were done in ambiguous situations
  • were not reliable

4. Asch's work built up on

  • Sheriff (movement of light across blackboard) and Jenness (jelly beans)
  • Adorno et al. - Germans have authoritian personality
  • Lashley and Russell - Rats jumping to receive reward

5. Gibson and Walk built up on

  • Sheriff, light beam moving and estimating how far its moved
  • Lashley and Russell, making rats jump to get a reward
  • Longely and Russel, making rats jump to get a reward


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