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Conformity, Group Dynamics, Group Structure, Oss0212, Sociology
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Education Standards (1)

Explain how group structure influences group conformity and group dynamics

Module Overview

OER Text Material

Group Dynamics and Behavior

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, 6.2.3. This section reviews Asch, Milgram and Zimbardo’s experiments to discuss how groups influence conformity, and roles and authority influence obedience.

Section 1: Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

Milgram Experiment on Obedience (Video)

This video from Khan Academy reviews Milgram’s experiment.

Prudential: Everybody’s Doing It (Video)

This is footage of the “original” Candid Camera elevator trick/experiment easily connects to Asch’s experiments on conformity.

“The Power of the Situation” (Video)

Discovering Psychology, v.19. Narrated by Phillip Zimbardo, this video begins by contextualizing this area of social psychology in efforts to understand the atrocities of WWII. The video reviews how leadership styles as influencing relationships between group members. It covers Asch’s, Milgram’s and Zimbardo’s experiments using original footage and photographs of these experiments.  

“Normality” by Allan V. Horwitz

Contexts Vol. 7, Iss. 1, February 2008, pp. 70-71 (NOTE: Available via OhioLINK). This article discusses normality as a conforming force, and details some of the problems in defining normality.