|PSY 101 Social III: Conformity & Obedience|
Conformity and Obedience Were the soldiers involved in the tortures at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq
somehow "evil" or "bad apples"?
Would you or I have done what they did?
Video Excerpt from CBC The Big Picture | The Human Behaviour Experiments
Question: Would I uphold my own beliefs when others around me disagree strongly?
Asch's Conformity Experiment: 1950s
- Group Size: conformity increased when group size rose from 2 to 4 and peaked at size 7
- Group Unanimity: conformity fell markedly if at least one member of the group broke with the group's judgment. Standing up to a unanimous group is much harder than one in which there is at least one dissenter.
Question: Would I torture someone if I was told to do so by someone in authority?
Milgram's Obedience Studies: 1960s
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