2013年5月7日 星期二

Follow or Unfollow? The Path of Conformity


Wedding gowns are a obvious conforming element
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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.