RE: Words and memes: criteria for acceptance of new belief or meme

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 16:06:58 GMT

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    At 12:13 AM 19/02/02 -0500, frankie wrote:
    >>Keith said:
    >> >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.
    >As a mother of two sons who couldn't be more different (one is very
    >compliant, the other is......not). I think that it is probably an
    >inborn trait. I'd be interested to read his research.

    Zimbardo's graduate school training in the Yale Attitude Change Program,
    headed by his mentor, Carl Hovland, peaked a long sustained interest in the
    processes of attitude and behavior change produced by persuasion. In
    addition to a series of early experiments on variables involved in the
    persuasion-attitude change relationship, Zimbardo broadened this interest
    into the global category of Mind Control. He conceives of mind control as a
    phenomena encompassing all the ways in which personal, social and
    institutional forces are exerted to induce compliance, conformity, belief,
    attitude, and value change in others. After working personally with several
    members of Jim Jones' Peoples Temple cult, who had escaped the
    suicide/massacre in the Guyana jungle in 1978, Zimbardo became fascinated
    with the uniquely intense psychological context and forces involved in cult
    recruitment, identification, and internalization - and how they could be
    resisted. Susan Andersen shared this interest in cults with him, as did
    Cynthia Hartley and Rose McDermott, while thinking about attitude change
    and social influence benefited from work with Ebbe Ebbesen, Christina
    Maslach, and Michael Leippe.

    Publications: 8, 19, 20, 24, 25, 31, 36, 37, 41, 49, 68, 90, 115, 131, 133,
    134, 136, 137, 166, 185.


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