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Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 12:09:56 -0500
From: "Francesca S. Alcorn" <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or
>There are papers by Zimbardo from Stanford (now president of the
>American Psychological Association) that are directly on this topic.
>It looks like the mechanism is more one of resistance to social
>pressure than learned. I am trying to remember the name associated
>with that test of resistance to social pressure where most of the
>group acts a shills and one person is given the choice of going
>against the group which insists the longer line on a slide is
>shorter or the other way around.
Millgram? It wasn't a long queue or a short queue, but numbers of
dots on paper IIRC, and administering electric shocks.
I think it was one of Asch's line experiments on social conformity. The
shills would form an expression regarding the observation of the lines that
was contrary to the evidence., and therefore contrary to what the subject
saw. The conformity, ie agreeing with the group was related to the group
size. Milgram's experiment with electric shocks was to do with the actions
of an individual in the presence of an authority figure. I was only obeying
orders had a ring of truth to it.
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