Word of the Day/Class Starter “3 Kinds of Conformity”


Class Starter.Copy  questions 1-3, then read on page 556 in your textbook.

  1. Describe Solomon Asch’s line experiment.
  2. What was the purpose of the experiment?
  3. How were participants (subjects) deceived?

Word(s) of the Day: “foot in the door” technique & “door in the face” technique

WOD FOR AP PSCYH Normative conformity; informational conformity; identification

The term conformity is often used to indicate an agreement to the majority position, brought about either by a desire to ‘fit in’ or be liked (normative) or because of a desire to be correct (informational), or simply to conform to a social role (identification).

3 Types of Conformity

1.  Normative Conformity

  • Yielding to group pressure because a person wants to fit in with the group. E.g.Asch Line Study.
  • Conforming because the person is scared of being rejected by the group.
  • This type of conformity usually involves compliance – where a person publicly accepts the views of a group but privately rejects them.

2. Informational Conformity

  • This usually occurs when a person lacks knowledge and looks to the group for guidance.
  • Or when a person is in an ambiguous (i.e. unclear) situation and socially compares their behavior with the group. E.g. Sherif Study.
  • This type of conformity usually involves internalization – where a person accepts the views of the groups and adopts them as an individual.

3.  Identification 

  • Conforming to the expectations of a social role.
  • Similar to compliance, there does not have to be a change in private opinion.
  • A good example is Zimbardo’s Prison Study.

Today’s Agenda

  • Word of the Day/Class Starter
  • Finish A Class Divided Video. Turn in Video Guide.

About victoriaruss

I teach World History, Civics, AP Psychology, and AP Government at West Bladen High School.
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