Group Think

Exemplar card from the Asch Conformity Experiment; the standard (left) and the subject’s options (right). Asch showed that the subject’s choice depends on the influence of the answers given by the their peer group.
My Twitter version of the Asch Conformity Experiment. Top left: the card shown in my tweet. Top right: someone agreeing with the wrong answer. Bottom: the question presented to readers, with the apparent fact that a surveyed group had already unanimously agreed on option ‘2’ as the correct answer when, in fact, ‘3’ is the correct answer.
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conformity
  2. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/001872675400700202
  3. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/opinions-and-social-pressure/
  4. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41795733-range

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Dr Marc Reid

Dr Marc Reid

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