In the 12 angry men I recognized several different social- psychological principles. This movie is

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In the 12 angry men I recognized several different social- psychological principles. This movie is filled with different concepts, views, and ways of thinking. Each principle has some way of fitting into the movie. I have watched this movie before this assignment but watching it for the assignment made me look at the different principles involved. There are numerous different concepts that could be used however, I just chose a few. I am going to list some that I noticed while watching the film. The first one I noticed was self- fulfilling, the second is over confidence phenomenon, the third dealt with persuasion, the fourth would be group influence, the fifth would be the concept of conformity, and the last one was the concept of…show more content…
In the movie several of the men experienced the overconfidence phenomenon. In the text it gives a definition. The text states overconfidence phenomenon is the tendency to be more confident than correct –to overestimate the accuracy of one’s belief (pg.91). One of the actors that I found that demonstrated this the most was the one who wore glasses and was towards the end to change his vote. He was 100 % sure the boy was guilty based on what the man and the woman said in the testimony. However he started to question himself when the main character brought up things that others did not see in the trial. He then realized he overestimated how correct he thought he was. This leads me to my next topic of how others can be persuaded. The concept of persuasion is vast in the movie. This concept is portrayed the whole movie and can be easily spotted. Everyone who comes into the room already has their mind made up of their vote except one man. The one man tells everyone he is unsure if the boy is guilty or not. He spends the whole time in the jury room trying to get the others to see his point of view and why he does not want to rush to convict the young man. In chapter 7 the text states that there are certain things that contribute to persuading others. One of the first things that others look at when deciding to be persuaded is credibility. If the person you are talking to and trying to

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