The Asch Experiment

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Why do people conform to the opinions of others? Class members have a chance to ponder this essential question based on a reading of a summary of Solomon Asch's experiment in which he investigated how individual opinions can be influenced by a group. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask participants to theorize about the characteristics of the 25% who never conformed
Classroom Considerations

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  • No information about Sherif's 1935 experiment, referenced in the article, is included
  • The article does not included information about the 25% of participants who never conformed
Common Core