SImT Evaluation

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  • Created on: 21-05-17 15:27
SImT STRENGTH- Milgram's variations
One of Milgram's variations had two confederates rebelling against the researcher. Only 10% of participants obeyed to the end, supporting the theory of numbers in SImT.
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SImT STRENGTH of face validity
The theory recognises the power of persuasion as part of the strength aspect. Has face validity as people obey those who don't have authority.
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SImT STRENGTH of generalisability
The formula that SImT uses can be generalisable across different cultures. This is strong as it's a benefit of different cultures to prevent destructive obedience.
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SImT WEAKNESS of explanation
It appears more descriptive than explanatory- talking about the conditions needed for obedience to occur rather than WHY it occurs.
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SImT WEAKNESS of individual differences
Views the targets merely as passive observers that have nothing to bring to the social situation. It ignores individual differences and is rather a static theory as it doesn't take into account what effect individuals will have on the situation.
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SImT WEAKNESS of the social situation
Can't explain a few social situations like two groups being matched in strength, immediacy and size. Who is the source and who is the target? What impact would they have on each other? We do not know.
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SImT WEAKNESS of the theory's original design
The theory wasn't initially designed to explain obedience, but mainly the affect that situation has on general behaviour. Thus, some factors (like a changing of scenery) may have an affect that SImT can't explain.
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The theory recognises the power of persuasion as part of the strength aspect. Has face validity as people obey those who don't have authority.

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SImT STRENGTH of face validity

Card 3

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The formula that SImT uses can be generalisable across different cultures. This is strong as it's a benefit of different cultures to prevent destructive obedience.

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Card 4

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It appears more descriptive than explanatory- talking about the conditions needed for obedience to occur rather than WHY it occurs.

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Card 5

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Views the targets merely as passive observers that have nothing to bring to the social situation. It ignores individual differences and is rather a static theory as it doesn't take into account what effect individuals will have on the situation.

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