2013年5月29日 星期三

Follow or Unfollow? The Path of Conformity

Wedding gowns are an obvious conforming element
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/1038/1600/conformity.jpeg


  By Vivien Lai
  May 07, 2013

   “I think plan B is better.” “Umm…yeah, I think so too.” Sounds familiar? In 1950s, about 75% of the participants in Asch conformity experiments behave in conformity. Now, in 2013, do we still have the same problem?
  Based on the experiment above, I conducted a similar experiment on May 6th and May 7th, 2013.
  Three to five female freshmen in English department in NCU participated in a simple task in the dorm but two of them will be the “actresses”.
  Prior to the experiment, the two “confederates” were told to unanimously give the correct or incorrect answer. The group stands in a manner so that the real participant was always the last to respond.
   The experiment includes two sections.
One of the question in Part 2, participants have to write
 down which of the following is same as the question
  In the first part, participants were shown a card with 5 lines on it, and then they were asked to say which option matched the line on the left.
  While in the second part, participants were asked to write their answers down.
  The results show that subjects still tend to follow others options. But if one participant  said the right answer, it will help others gain confidence and the error rate will decline.
  Because the participants known each other well and the dorm is a place they familiar with, the influence of personalities becomes relatively important.
  That is to say, shy or conservative people tend to conceal their true thoughts while lively and outspoken people often show their ideas directly.
 "Sometimes I still follow others choice," Jessica Chang, who is an actress in my experiment, comments that the more you're not confident about yourself, the more chance you'll follow others' decision. "I think following the majority is just a kind of human nature," she added with a bitter smile.




2013年5月26日 星期日

Follow or Unfollow? The Path of Conformity

Wedding gowns are an obvious conforming element
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/1038/1600/conformity.jpeg


  By Vivien Lai
  May 07, 2013

   “I think plan B is better.” “Umm…yeah, I think so too.” Sounds familiar? In 1950s, about 75% of the participants in Asch conformity experiments behave in conformity. Now, in 2013, do we still have the same problem?
Based on the experiment above, I conducted a similar experiment on May 6th and May 7th, 2013.
  Three to five female freshmen in English department in NCU participated in a simple task in the dorm but two of them will be the “actresses”.
  Prior to the experiment, the two “confederates” were told to unanimously give the correct or incorrect answer. The group stands in a manner so that the real participant was always the last to respond.
   The experiment includes two sections.
One of the question in Part 2, participants have to write
 down which of the following is same as the question
  In the first part, participants were shown a card with 5 lines on it, and then they were asked to say which option matched the line on the left.
  While in the second part, participants were asked to write their answers down.
  The results show that subjects still tend to follow others options. But if one participant  said the right answer, it will help others gain confidence and the error rate will decline.
 I also found out that because the participants known each other well and the dorm is a place they familiar with, so the influence of personalities becomes relatively important.
  That is to say, shy or conservative people tend to conceal their true thoughts while lively and outspoken people often show their ideas directly.

 "Sometimes I still follow others choice," Jessica Chang, who is an actress in my experiment, comments that the more you're not confident about yourself, the more chance you'll follow others' decision. "I think following the majority is just a kind of human nature," she added with a bitter smile.




Problems & Advice

Advice: I think you can post more details about the picture on the right.
Response: Ok, I’ll add another sentence to describe it.

A: Revise your lead, it’s too boring, you need to catch the readers’ eyes first.
R: Agree. I’ll try to make it more interesting.

A: You don’t have to put the picture’s link under the explanation of your picture; you can put it at the end of the article.
R: I’ll think about it.

A: Paragraph 7 is a little confusing; maybe you can add some examples in it. (What if readers didn’t see your video!!?)
R: Ok, I’ll revise it.


項目
評分
Interesting lead / Headline / Summary
/?
Who / When / What / Where / How
其他調查資源 (圖片、連結、影片等)
特殊的觀點(angle)
文章張力
/?
humorous ending
?
內容有趣度﹝程度評分1-5
4

2013年5月21日 星期二

Follow or Unfollow? The Path of Conformity


Wedding gowns are an obvious conforming element
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/1038/1600/conformity.jpeg


  By Vivien Lai
  May 07, 2013

  Based on Asch conformity experiments, I conducted a similar experiment on May 6th and May 7th, 2013.
  Female freshman in English department in NCU participated in a simple task. Three to five people were placed in a room but two of them will be the “actresses”.
One of the question in Part 2
  Prior to the experiment, the two “confederates” were told to unanimously give the correct or incorrect response. The group stands in a manner so that the real participant was always the last to respond.
  The experiment includes two sections.
  In the first part, participants were shown a card with 5 lines (or other kinds of patterns) on it, then they were asked to say which option (labeled A, B, C, and D) matched the pattern on the left.
  While in the second part, participants were asked to write their answers down.
  The results show that although the participants are all friends, subjects still tend to follow others options. But if one participant in the group said the right answer, it will help others gain confidence and the error rate will decline.
  But from this experiment, I found out that because the participants known each other well and they were familiar with the place where they took the tasks, so the influence of personalities becomes relatively important.
  Shy or conservative people tend to conceal their true thoughts; however, lively and outspoken people tend to show their ideas directly.
   "Sometimes I still follow others choice," Jessica Chang, who is an actress in my experiment, comments that the more you're not confident about yourself, the more chance you'll follow others' choice. "I think following the majority is just a kind of human nature," she added with a weak smile.




2013年5月7日 星期二

Follow or Unfollow? The Path of Conformity


Wedding gowns are a obvious conforming element
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/1038/1600/conformity.jpeg
By Vivien Lai
May 07, 2013

  Based on Asch conformity experiments, I conducted a similar experiment on May 6th and May 7th, 2013.
  Female freshman in English department in NCU participated in a simple task. Three to five people were placed in a room but two of them will be the “actresses”.
  Prior to the experiment, the two “confederates” were told to unanimously give the correct response or the incorrect response. The group stand in a manner so that the real participant was always the last to respond.
  The experiment includes two sections.
  In the first part, participants were shown a card with 5 lines (or other kinds of patterns) on it, then they were asked to say which option (labeled A, B, C, and D) matched the pattern on the left.
One of the question in Part 2
  While in the second part, participants were asked to write their answers down.
  The results show that although the participants are all friends, subjects still tend to follow others options. But if one participant in the group said the right answer, it will help others gain confidence and the error rate will decline.
  But from this experiment, I found out that because the participants known each other well and they were familiar with the place where they took the tasks, so the influence of personalities becomes relatively important.
  Shy or conservative people tend to conceal their true thoughts; however, lively and outspoken people tend to show their ideas directly.
   "Sometimes I still follow others choice," Jessica Chang, who acts as an actress in my experiment, comments that the more you're not confident about yourself, the more chance you'll follow others' choice. "I think following the majority is just a kind of human nature," she added with a smile.

Conformity Experiment

I conduct an experiment about conformity on May.06&May.07, 2013.

 
Methodology

  This experiment is based on Asch conformity experiment in 1950s. Female college students in NCU participated in a task. Three to five people were placed in a room, but two of them are the "actresses". The experiment includes two sections: In the first part, participants were shown a card with 5 lines (or other kinds of patterns) on it, then they were asked to say aloud which option (labeled A, B, C, and D) matched the pattern on the left. Prior to the experiment, the two “confederates” were told to unanimously give the correct response or the incorrect response. The group stand in a manner so that the real participant was always the last to respond. While in the second part, participants were asked to write their answers down, and discussion is forbidden.
One of the question in first part which includes 10 questions
One of the question in second part whick also has 10 questions


Results

  The results show that although the participants are all friends, subjects still tend to follow others options. But if one participant in the group said the right answer, it will help others gain confidence and the error rate will decline. But from this experiment, I found out that because the participants known each other well and they were familiar with the place where they took the tasks, so the influence of personalities becomes relatively important. Shy or conservative people tend to conceal their true thoughts; however, lively and outspoken people tend to show their ideas directly.


Drawbacks

  The process of the experiment is a little messy. The numbers of the participants, no matter real or fake, aren't fixed. I don't know this factor will influence the result of the experiment or not.