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Method[ edit ] One of the pairs of cards used in the experiment. The card on the left has the reference line and the one on the right shows the three comparison lines. InSolomon Asch conducted his first conformity laboratory experiments at Swarthmore Collegelaying the foundation for his remaining conformity studies.
The experiment was published on two occasions. The actors knew the true aim of the experiment, but were introduced to the subject as other participants. Each student viewed a card with a line on it, followed by another with three lines labeled A, B, and C see accompanying figure.
One of these lines was the same as that on the first card, and the other two lines were clearly longer or shorter i.
Each participant was then asked to say Asch summary which line matched the length of that on the first card. Before the experiment, all actors were given detailed instructions on how they should respond to each trial card presentation.
They would always unanimously nominate one comparator, but on certain trials they would give the correct response and on others, an incorrect response. The group was seated such that the real participant always responded last. Subjects completed 18 trials. On the first two trials, both the subject and the actors gave the obvious, correct answer.
On the third trial, the actors would all give the same wrong answer.
This wrong-responding recurred on 11 of the remaining 15 trials. Subjects were interviewed after the study including being debriefed about the true purpose of the study. These post-test interviews shed valuable light on the study: In total, there were 50 subjects in the experimental condition and 37 in the control condition.
The responses revealed strong individual differences: Only 5 percent of participants were always swayed by the crowd. An examination of all critical trials in the experimental group revealed that one-third of all responses were incorrect. These incorrect responses often matched the incorrect response of the majority group i.
The "independent" subject said that he felt happy and relieved and added, "I do not deny that at times I had the feeling: Attitudes of independent responders[ edit ] Subjects who did not conform to the majority reacted either with "confidence": These later subjects stuck with their perception, but did not experience conflict in doing so.
Some participants also exhibited "doubt", responding in accordance with their perception, but questioning their own judgment while nonetheless sticking to their correct response, expressing this as needing to behave as they had been asked to do in the task.Adapted Literature and Lessons Adapted Lessons | Create Your Own | Resource Library Home Adapted Literature - Now Fully Searchable!
Below is a list of Adapted Literature available through the Sherlock Center Resource Library. In psychology, the Asch conformity experiments or the Asch Paradigm refers to a series of studies directed by Solomon Asch studying if and how individuals yielded to or defied a majority group and the effect of such influences on beliefs and opinions..
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Asch was disturbed by these results: "The tendency to conformity in our society is so strong that reasonably intelligent and well-meaning young people are willing to call white black.
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