Critical Thinking Questions

1.
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List each of the three different kinds of social influence discussed in this chapter, and provide an example of each.
2. Distinguish between normative social influence and informational social influence, and discuss the factors that increase both types of conformity pressures. Can a minority member of a group ever successfully influence the views of the majority?
3. Describe in detail the basic setup of the Milgram obedience experiment. Then discuss each of the variations described in the textbook, indicating what effect the variation had on obedience levels and why. According to the textbook, what were the most important and convincing explanations for the high level of obedience in these studies?
4.
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List and explain three reason-based approaches to eliciting compliance. Describe the ways in which a positive and a negative mood can influence compliance.
5. What advice can you offer to resist social influence?

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