ASCHIAN REPLICATION AND EXTENSION.
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIV STILLWATER
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A study was conducted to determine the social effects of a unanimous majority of confederates of the experimenter on the yielding behavior of several types of minorities who made verbal judgments in an Aschian situation. Two naive partners Togetherness Dyad were subjected to the influence of the unanimous majority and the results compared to an additional experimental setting in which two partners who were previous friends Friends Dyad were subjected to the same influence. The dependent variable was the errors scored by the minorities which were responses that agreed with the deliberately erroneous estimates of the majority. It was predicted that the Friends Dyad would resist complying to the majority pressures to a significantly greater degree than would the Togetherness Dyad and that the Togetherness Dyad would resist compliance to the pressures of the majority to a significantly greater degree than would the Alone subjects. Findings and Conclusions The predictions were confirmed. Author