Differences in Conformity among Friends and Strangers

  title={Differences in Conformity among Friends and Strangers},
  author={W. A. C. McKelvey and Nancy H. Kerr},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={759 - 762}
Two studies employed a variation of Asch's 1952 social influence paradigm to assess whether the tendency to conform is the same in a group of close friends as in a group of strangers. In Exp. 1, groups of 4 college students listened to a tape of static noise and attempted to determine whether a tone had been played along with the noise. Three experimental confederates, who were either friends of the naive subject or strangers, responded verbally with the wrong answer on 12 of 16 trials… 

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