View Full Version : Group Conformity to Absurd Beliefs

Magda Hassan
04-18-2012, 06:33 AM

A few classic experiments show just how prone humans are to being influenced by peer pressure. These videos were filmed several decades ago, but many other studies have taken place over the years and the results are always the same. Human beings are a social species, and most people will eventually alter their behavior, attitudes, and even BELIEFS in order to be part of a social group..even if what the group thinks (or does) is absurd at first glance.

Psychology of Belief Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL59FDC1E7AB317957&feature=plcp

Asch Conformity Experiments:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asch_conformity_experiments

Informational Influence:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informational_social_influence

Social Influence Studies:http://scienceaid.co.uk/psychology/social/majority.html

List of Cognitive Biases: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

TheraminTrees' excellent video on conformity:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrNIuFrso8I

Jan Klimkowski
04-18-2012, 05:42 PM
Great stuff.

And guess who exploits this to their advantage...