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Psychology:conformity

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Psychology Coursework-Conformity-To see how many people conform in a simple task Abstract My general aim is to see how many people conform in a group. When being asked simple tasks and questions. My method will be to simply approach participants one by one showing them certain results and then ask for their personal judgments. The participants will not be told the aims of the study. Introduction In my coursework I am going to be investigating conformity and the different studies which have been done to prove it. Conformity is a psychological term used to describe when someone changes the way they behave or think in a specific situation, concerning pressure from other group members. E.g. when members from your own age group pressure you on making decisions or changing your behavior, this is commonly known as peer pressure. Conformity can lead to people doing or saying things they would not usually say e.g. some people are pressured into drinking, taking drugs and making negative decisions etc. In the past many studies have been done to show the effects of conformity. The three main studies which were done were Asch study with the lines. ...read more.

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So I my overall hypothesis is that the participants will conform with the false estimates. Method Design- In my study I will be using the Independent groups design and experimental method. The experimental method gives me more control of the experiment variable and any other variables. So I can say that there is a cause and effect relationship it IV and the DV. My independent variable will be whether or not the two groups of participants will either see the high false estimates or low false estimates sheet. I am using independent groups in my study because there is only one necessary condition. Either the groups see the low estimate number sheet or the high estimate number sheet. If they don't follow these conditions then the study (experiment) won't be accurate. Participants There will be 10 participants altogether, 5 in each group. My participants will be from my family, ranging form the age of 18-65. There will be a mixture of Males and Female participants in my group. Materials The only equipment I will need in my experiment is a jar with sweets and 5 sheets with the high estimates and 5 with low estimates. ...read more.

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I could have somehow tried to make the tasks in the tests link more too everyday activities. This would have ensured I got fair yet precise results. Also I could have used more participants to get a wider view on the results and to see if it made any difference to the final conclusion. A criticism of this method could have been that the participants may have not taken this seriously and could have predicted estimates without considering the task on hand. If the method had been changed then the results would have been a lot different. For example, lets say I told everyone together about the experiment and I asked them all their estimations. 70% more likely that there would have been more conformity. Ways I could improve my method for further experiments could be to address the individual participants in a less tense yet openly manor. This would assure the participants that the study if nothing to worry about. So then the estimates I received would probably be more realistic. Appendix Document for participants under 18 to get parents to sign Dear parent or guardian, I am conducting a psychological study for research purposes. Please will you allow your son/daughter to be a participant in this study? There is not medical restrictions and your child may leave the experiment at any time if he/she feels the need to do so. ...read more.

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