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PSY 315 Week 8 Notes

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PSY 315 Week 8 Notes PSY 315

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These notes cover lectures on March 7th, March 9th, and March 11th.
Social Psychology
Jennifer Harman
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Date Created: 03/22/16
Lecture 19: Social Influence Techniques (3/7/16) Monday, March 21, 2016 5:25 PM • Friendship/Liking: similar to impression management strategies • Used to get people to do things for you o I.e., flattery • Commitment • Consistency-- get people to comply • Foot-in-the-door technique: asking for something small, then after the person has agreed, continue to ask for bigger things gradually • Door-in-the-face: give a very large unreasonable request, then follow with a much more reasonable one that the person will agree to • Bait in the switch • Labeling • Scarcity Principle • "Hard to get" = playing hard to get when dating is a similar technique o You're more valuable and more desired when hard to get • Very desired and sought after; ex. Sal es at stores are advertised as ending early, when they are often extended • Social Proof • Social validation o E.g. door-to-door salesmen, bartenders • Ex. Laugh tracks on sitcom shows that don't really have live audiences -- make viewers believe the joke is funnie r than it really is • Reciprocity • Easy to guilt people by asking them to return the favor you did for them in the past • "Feeling of obligation" • Authority • Pitch the interaction as relationship, rather than dominating = much more likely to get compliance • Identification and Acceptance • Identification: accepts behavior due to relationship, not validity of content • Acceptance, or internalization: view message as truthful or valid, even without the influential source • When do we conform? • Crisis situations: panic mode leads to increased obedience/conformity • When others are experts: increased obedience • When it's important to be accurate o Example: a police line-up for criminal identification • Ex. Radio show "the War of the Worlds" Lecture 20: Social Influence (3/9/16) Monday, March 21, 2016 5:40 PM • War of the Worlds radio show: informational social influence • If you don't know how to act in a social situation, you look around to others to find out how to act • Others give us guidelines/info for how to act • Epidemic Psychogenic Illness (EPI) • Real symptoms with no psychological basis --> usually leads to outbreaks o Illustrates 2 things: • Group norms can be subtle, yet very powerful • Ambiguity (uncertainty)= more susceptibility to conformity • Autokinetic phenomenon: our perception of light makes it look like things move from far away • Study by Muzafer Sherif (1936): the establishment of group norms --> conformity o This is known as informational social influence • As estimates of movement were given over time, the estimates be tween participants got closer together o Public estimate --> norm of group influences the estimate each participant gives • Why else do we conform? • Normative social influence o Norms: explicit or unspoken rules of behavior • Descriptive norms: it's the spoken norm of how you need to act in a given situation-- what people actually do • Injunctive norms: what we should do in theory-- don't always do it § Ex. Writing thank you cards for gifts § Unspoken norm • Solomon Asch (1951) o Social conformity even when you know the group is wrong o Participants often found themselves in an awkward situation • It was obvious the group was wrong = normative social influence • Automatic? • Social contagion/automatic mimicry o Ex. Yawning • Chameleon effect (Chantrand & Bargh, 1999): o Automatic behaviors often mimic behaviors of those around us o Occurs outside of our awareness • Social Impact Theory • Conforming to normative pressure depends on several other things: o Size of the group o Cohesion/group importance o Unanimity-- harder to go against the norm • Other influencing factors • Status (power) • The awareness of norms • Public response • No prior commitment to answer/decision o Therefore we are more persuaded by the group Lecture 21: Conformity (3/11/16) Tuesday, March 22, 2016 5:51 PM • Who conforms? o Personality- easily agreeable or high in agreeableness = persuaded easily o Gender: women are generally more persuadable o Age: as age increases, people are less likely to conform o Culture: Solomon Asch study • Reactions to Conformity o In-class activity about discipline for Re ggie Johnson • This was an experiment with confederates • Others § Deviants (#5) § Mode § Slider (#4) o Lewin's field theory (modified for class activity) • Showed that norms develop over time • "neighborhood of acceptability" is the tolerance of deviance § For example, this is what we did for the deviant who chose #7 punishment *P= Punishment


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