The Fascinating Stories Of Our Early Ancestors Are Some

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The fascinating stories of our early ancestors are some that can guide us in the understanding of who we are today. While the images that come to mind when hearing the words Neanderthals or cavemen are no doubt far from how we see people today, the human behind the husky beard and deerskin shaw is no different from today. Ever since the beginning of human interaction people have been conforming and for years scientist have been attempting to discover the reasons why. A number experiments have taken place over the years, bringing upon numerous experiments and theories to answer this question of conformity. According to an article by Saul Mcleod in Simple Psychology, “conformity is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or…show more content…
Unanimously the “participants” would all choose what was obviously the wrong answer to see if the actual participant would feel pressured into knowingly choosing the wrong line. Consequently, the overall data from 12 critical trials they found that on average 32% of the participants conformed to the majority with the clearly wrong answers (McLeod “Asch”). While the candidate would privately admit to disagreeing with the views of the group, they will still conform during the trials out of fear of rejection from their peers. The other reason Deutsch and Gerrard were able to conclude for conformity is known as informational conformity. This is more likely to occur in an instance where the person actually lacks the knowledge they need, or is ambivalent about a situation leading them to look to a group for guidance. Often involved in this type of situation is an idea known as internalization, where a person accepts the views of the group and adopts them himself. To prove this idea a man named Muzafer Sherif conducted a study using the autokinetic effect. The idea behind this is that a small motionless pinpoint in a dark room will appear to be moving. For the first part of this study Sherif would put subjects in the room by themselves and record how far they believed the dot moved, after many trials most seemed to settle on somewhere
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