Social Psychology: Social Influence

768 WordsJan 30, 20183 Pages
Introduction Social influence is a major topic in social psychology and looks at how individual thoughts, actions, reactions and feelings are influenced by other people or social groups. “Social influence can be seen in our conformity, our obedience to authority, and our group behavior” (Psychology 579). Social influence may also be represented by peer pressure, persuasion, marketing and sales. Purpose of the Study The purpose of this study is to determine how effective social influence is on a group. I will do two different trials in this study. I will give each of my friends a sheet of paper and see how well they can guess a time interval. I will time them for 45 seconds, but they do not know. After the 45 seconds is up, they will write their answer on the paper. Then next trial will be the same exact thing but this time they will orally say their answer. I will record what they say on their individual papers. Then I will collect the papers from the first trial and compare the written judgments with the oral responses of my friends. Research Question My question for this study is to determine how well can social influences, influence members of the group to change their answers when asked to orally say their answers compared to what they wrote down. Rationale This experiment will show the importance of social influence and conformity within in a group of friends. The learning experience from this experiment helps develop an appropriate understanding of
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