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Sociology Experiment

By: Chris Mosquera

Introduction
During this experiment, 10 people will participate in an experiment in which 1 student will fall under the experiment of conformity of group pressure. Each person will be given options as to what to do Friday night. The subject will be forced to pick another option from the rest as the rest of the group chooses a different option. Options are the following: Bowling Movies Going to a party Staying in to watch Basketball The deviant will be asked what he hates/prefers. The rest of the group will chose what the deviant hates and observe if the deviant changes his/her answer. Questions will be asked privately and publicly.

Active and Public Commitments


Students in one experiment were asked to judge lines in an Asch-type experiment
Before hearing group members make erroneous judgments:
Some privately wrote down their judgments (Active Commitment Only) Others wrote their judgments and gave them to the experimenter (Active plus Public Commitment)

% Sticking w. Orig. Judgment

100%

80% 60%

Of those who made NO COMMITMENT to their original decisions, only about half stuck with them in the face of group pressure

40% 20%
0% Neither Active nor public COMMITMENT

% Sticking w. Orig. Judgment

100%

Making a PRIVATE COMMITMENT increased the likelihood of sticking to the original correct judgment

80% 60%

40% 20%
0% Neither Active Active nor Only public COMMITMENT

% Sticking w. Orig. Judgment

100%

Making the commitment PUBLIC further increased the likelihood of resisting group pressure

80% 60%

40% 20%
0% Neither Active Active Plus Active nor Only Public public COMMITMENT