Opinions and Social Pressure

  title={Opinions and Social Pressure},
  author={Solomon E. Asch},
  • S. Asch
  • Published 1 November 1955
  • Psychology
  • Nature
Solomon Asch was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, 1958-1960 and 1970; a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Public Health Service, 1959-1960; and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1976-77). He was awarded the Nicholas Murray Butler Medal from Columbia University in 1962 and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association in 1967. He is best known for his book, Social Psychology, published in 1952 and reissued in… 

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