Psych M.D. - informational social influence


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Term: informational social influence
Definition (Myers):influence resulting from one's willingness to accept others' opinion about reality.
Definition (alternative): A type of conformity. When a person is in a situation where s/he is unsure of the correct way to behave, s/he will often look to others for cues concerning the correct behavior. (visualwikepedia)
Contextual explanation: "Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than the truth" is an observation made by the eighteenth century French essayist, Joseph Joubert. Humans tend to conform not only in respect to norms but to opinions about reality. In Asch's experiment, the participant showed discomfort disagreeing with the reponses of other group members during the experiment, becuase he was influenced by the information around him.
Related terms and concepts: conformity, normative social influence
Related websites:
More information on Informational Social influce at visualwiki
Learn about Asch's Experiment at Analytictech.com
Edited by: Il-jee



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