Few would argue that groups influence us on a daily basis.We are pressured to conform and routinely evaluate our performance as comparedto others. How do we measure up? Who do we “belong” with? What is the appropriate thing to do?
Further, I’d like you to familiarize yourself with the concept of “Groupthink” as well as review three different research experiments that have taken place regarding conformity and group dynamics. These include studies by Solomon Asch, Stanley Milgrim and theZimbardo “Stanford Prison Experiment”. To this end, I would like you to not only read what is in your text/notes, but to also review the Wikipedia entries on each study.
I would also like you to watch each of the following youtube videos:
The Milgram study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8olVHKgIBXc (The part most relevant to this DB will begin at approximately 2.5 minutes into the segment.)
Ther Zimbardo prison study at https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=sZwfNs1pqG0&feature=endscreen
Asch conformity study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYIh4MkcfJA
When this has all been done, and you feel that you understand all of the concepts involved, please answer the following questions:
1. What was your impression /reaction to the above research?
2. Given what each study seems to indicate, do you feel we are prisoners of our socialization and pressures to conform to our society? Please explain your answer…
3. What specific characteristics do you feel one might have to have to avoid peer pressure?
4. On a side note, did anyone notice that all test subjects are men? Do you think that women might have tested differently??
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