Boring made fun?
The concept of cognitive dissonance has been
demonstrated in countless studies since the term was developed. Psychologist
Dr. Leon Festinger demonstrated the principle in his study exploring this
concept and the justification effect. Please view a short clip demonstrating
the study below and answer the following questions:
In the study shown, how did you see
the concept of cognitive dissonance demonstrated in your own words? What do you
think is the relationship between an individual’s attitude and behavior when
taking on a task in which he/she is not so interested? Can you think of and
share details of personal experience where you feel that the concepts of
cognitive dissonance might have applied? Please explain the details and only an
example you feel is acceptable for a classroom setting.
Do I conform?
Why do we follow what others do?
Research Solomon Asch was interested in finding out just that. Please view
footage from his historical here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyDDyT1lDhA
the following questions:
In the study, how is the principle of
conformity examined in your own words?
When and why do you think the subject in
the experiment began to “second guess” himself. What are some of the circumstances which
contribute to “conformity”. Why do you
think some people are more like to conform than others
Were you ever in a situation where you had
to conform? Why did you feel the need to conform?
Your textbook lists many reasons why people
conform. Did you conform for any of these reasons? Chapter 14 Feldman, R. (2013).
Essentials of understanding psychology (10th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
What are at least 2 positive and 2 negative
reasons for conforming to the opinions of others? Be sure to share examples.
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