Social Influence

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Social influence
The effect other people have on our behaviour. This includes conformity, obedience and social loafing, for example.
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Conformity
A change in a person's behaviour or opinions as the result of group pressure.
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Autokinetic effect
An optical illusion, in which a spot of light on a screen appears to move, when in actual fact it doesn't.
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Obedience
Following the orders of someone we believe to have authority.
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Conformity
A change in a person's behaviour or opinions as the result of group pressure.
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Socialisation
The way we are raised to behave and the things we are taught to accept as normal.
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Buffer
Something that creates distance between the teacher and learner (e.g. a wall or another person administering the shocks).
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Deindividuation
The state of losing our sense of individuality and becoming less aware of our own responsibility for our actions.
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Anonymous
Being able to keep our identity hidden.
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Mundane realism
An everyday situation, that is life-like and not artificial.
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Closed-circuit television (CCTV):
A television system often used for surveillance.
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Social loafing
Putting less effort into doing something when you are with others doing the same thing.
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Culture
A group of people (usually living in one place) who share similar customs, beliefs and behaviour.
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Diffusion of responsibility
In a group of people there is less need for the individual to act because someone else who is present could also do something.
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Empathy
Being able to put yourself in someone else's position psychologically and understand how that person is feeling
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Altruism
Helping someone without thinking of yourself, sometimes at great cost.
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Bystander apathy
Doing nothing in an emergency when someone is in need of help
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Practical implications
Suggestions about behaviour in the real world beyond the research study, based upon what psychologists have discovered.
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A change in a person's behaviour or opinions as the result of group pressure.

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Conformity

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An optical illusion, in which a spot of light on a screen appears to move, when in actual fact it doesn't.

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Following the orders of someone we believe to have authority.

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A change in a person's behaviour or opinions as the result of group pressure.

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