ERIC Number: ED260016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Asch Conformity Study as an Example of the Anti-Group Bias in Social Psychology.
Rafferty, Yvonne; Friend, Ronald
Textbook presentations of Asch's classical research were used as a case example to evaluate whether an anti-group bias exists in social psychology. Ninety-nine textbooks were analyzed to evaluate whether an overemphasis on conformity was presented by textbook descriptions of Asch, and whether independence and resistance to group pressure were minimized. The results indicated that authors tended to distort Asch's study in line with the hypothesis and that this tendency has increased dramatically with time. Contrary to expectation, an increasing number of textbooks mention that Asch's social support variation "reduced" conformity, but failed to stress that the power of the group was very much depleted with the support of only one other. The results were discussed in relation to an anti-group bias in social psychology and the impact this has on social psychology. The study concludes with an extensive list of references. (Author/IM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (56th, Boston, MA, March 21-24, 1985).