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Normative social influence is a type of social influence that leads to conformity. It is defined in social psychology as "
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In this section, we discuss additional ways in which people influence others. The topics of conformity, social influence, obedience, and group processes demonstrate the power of the social situation to change our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We begin this section with a discussion of a famous social psychology experiment that demonstrated how susceptible humans are to outside social pressures. Solomon Asch conducted several experiments in the s to determine how people are affected by the thoughts and behaviors of other people. In one study, a group of participants was shown a series of printed line segments of different lengths: a, b, and c [link].
Extant research shows that social pressures influence acts of political participation, such as turning out to vote. Thirty three percent of individuals in our treatment condition change their opinion due to the social delivery of information, while ten percent respond only to social pressure and ten percent respond only to information. Participants that change their opinion due to social pressure in our experiment are more conservative politically, conscientious, and neurotic than those that did not. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Information and persuasion are perhaps the most important drivers of opinion and behavioral changes.
The study of social influence has been central to social psychology since its inception. In fact, research on social influence began in the s, predating the coining of the term social psychology. However, by the mids, interest in this area had waned. Now the pendulum is swinging back, as seen in growing interest in non-cognitive, motivational accounts. Our hope is that the publication of this volume will aid this movement. The chapters, written by leading scholars, cover a variety of topics in social influence, incorporating a range of levels of analysis intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intragroup and both source and target effects. The book also includes chapters on theories that are most relevant to social influence, as well as a set of chapters on social influence in applied settings.
Social Judgment and Intergroup Relations pp Cite as. Historically, social influence and conformity have been of major concern to social psychologists. They continue to create their own idiosyncratic definitions, and these may vary widely. These definitions also vary from one era to another e. Even within a particular era, certain paradigms e. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
Robert B. Cialdini 68 Estimated H-index: View Paper. Add to Collection. This review covers recent developments in the social influence literature, focusing primarily on compliance and conformity research published between and The principles and processes underlying a target's susceptibility to outside influences are considered in light of three goals fundamental to rewarding human functioning. Specifically, targets are motivated to form accurate perceptions of reality and react accordingly, to develop and preserve meaningful social relationships, and to maintain a favorable self-concept.
It is through the influence process that people generate and manage change. As such, it is important to understand fully the workings of the influence processes that produce compliance with requests for change. Fortunately, a vast body of scientific evidence exists on how, when, and why people comply with influence attempts. From this formidable body of work, one can extract six universal principles of influence that generate compliance in the widest range of circumstances. Reciprocation states that people are more willing to comply with requests for favors, services, information, concessions, etc.
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