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Social Psychology is the field of psychology that concerns itself not with the internal processes as much as with the influences that society and social interactions have upon the individual and the cognitive process. Social psychology thereby describes the interactions between the individual and their particular social surroundings. To be fair, I was completely unaware that I had already heard about the field of social psychology based on the experiments of Sherif, Asch, and Milgram. I was merely unaware that they belonged to this field. Asch’s experiments are particularly fascinating. These experiments were essentially an expansion of M. Sherif’s 1935 autokinetic effect experiment. Sherif’s experiment featured a major flaw in that it was based upon the imperceptible movement of the eye and therefore did not feature a correct answer for any conformity to be based upon. Asch designed his 1951 experiment in a way that would inevitably cause an individual to have to choose between conformity to the peer group or declaration of a correct answer in spite of the group. A quite thorough description of the
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