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ERIC Number: ED169435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
When Individual Dispositions and Social Pressure Conflict: A Catastrophe.
Tesser, Abraham
Personal dispositional variables conflicting with social pressure and the resulting behavior, which follows a cusp catastrophe, were investigated. Female undergraduates (N=200) completed a set of attitude questionnaires using a Crutchfield console. Results indicate that: (1) when social pressure is low, behavior is a smooth, monotonic function of disposition; (2) when social pressure is high and disposition is low, behavior is low; and (3) when social pressure is high and disposition is high, relevant behavior will be bimodal with some people engaging in low levels of behavior and some engaging in high levels of behavior. In dynamic terms, shifts in dispositions at high levels of social pressure result in discontinuous i.e. "catastrophic" changes in behavior, and increments in social pressure at high levels of disposition result in divergence, i.e. bimodality. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Catastrophe Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (86th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)