ERIC Number: ED286897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
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A Ratio Scale Measurement of Conformity.
Beins, Bernard C.; Porter, J. William
A sensitive technique for assessing conformity on a ratio scale was designed and tested in one group of 18 naive subjects and one group of 20 volunteer subjects, 10 of whom were naive and 10 of whom were informed. All subjects were undergraduates from Thomas More College (New York). The experiment required subjects to observe a line briefly displayed on a computer screen, then draw a line of equal length. In 16 trials, each subject drew alone and in a group, with the group being experimental confederates who erred in line drawing to influence the naive subject. The duration of the model line display varied, as did the delay before the subject began drawing. Informed subjects were advised by experimental confederates that deception was involved. Naive subjects' accuracy significantly decreased in the group situation, conforming to lines drawn by experimental confederates. Informed subjects showed no comparable conformity. This technique is reasonable, highly controlled, provides quantitative data, and allows for changing such factors as degree of confederate error. (MGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Ratio Scales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).