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Habecker 1 Dustin Habecker Professor Boran ENGL135 March 20, 2008 In “Opinions and Social Pressure” by Solomon E. Asch, the author shows the results of many experiments. The experiments were conducted with male college students to determine whether conformity and independency are important characteristics. Many people will conform to the majority when they feel that they’d rather be united than right or wrong. Social pressures have an effect on individual members of society, and group influences is something psychologists need to study more. How are we influenced by these forces? Psychologists should study more why we are this way. In considering this question, as early as the late 1800s, doctors Hippolyte Bernheim and A.A. Liébault showed that they could hypnotize anybody through a procedure called “suggestibility.” Soon, social philosophers applied these findings to understand the ways opinions spread and crowds form and concluded that any individual in society is a sleepwalker. In the early 1900s, when college students were asked to express their opinions, their opinions changed when they were told of opinions from respected authorities. We wonder if the subject actually changed their opinions, or if the subjects gave
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course ENGL 135 taught by Professor Boran during the Spring '08 term at DeVry Phoenix.

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