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Psychology involves the study of the mind and behavior of people. Psychologists want to know why people do the things they do. Sometimes, people will do things because they feel that others expect them to do these things. Public conformity is when people act or speak what others say or do. They will mimic or copy their actions or words because they are conforming to society. Then they would fit into society.

For example, if people were in an elevator and turned to face away from the door, the next person who entered the elevator may do the same thing. Private acceptance is when someone will feel or think as other people in society do. In this case, these people take conformity a step further.

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Jimmy is very quiet at school, but later that night at a party Jimmy gets 'crazy' and starts to cut the rug on the dance floor. Jimmy's classmates are stunned at this displayed behavior. Jimmy is experiencing:

Deindividuation

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Tendency to favor ones group and see this group as correct

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I thought it was door in the face technique, because first the person asked her friend to clean the whole room and then changed to asking her friend if its possible to move a table

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Why is this not fundamental attribution error? They believe they got what they deserved and were responsible, is that not a reliance on character over situation?

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Groupthink occurs when a group decides because of collective pressures which lead to the derailing of mental efficiency, reality testing and moral judgment. Groups afflicted with this way of thinking tend to take irrational actions that could damage the integrity of other groups. A group is susceptible to groupthink when its members are comparable in background, the group is insulated from outside opinions, and there is no clear rule for making decisions.

Censorship is another vehicle used in groupthink. It prevents others from speaking up and expressing how they feel about the pressures and judgments within the group, and the majority view and beliefs are assumed to be unanimous. Decisions that are cultivated by groupthink have a low probability of achieving successful outcomes.

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No, when you ask for a bigger request first, and compromise by asking for a smaller request is called door-in-the-face. When you ask for a small request, and then ask for a larger request is called foot-in-the-door

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The term we we leanred in my psychology class is the bystander effect

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ANSWER: Social Facilitation is when the presence of others influences performances.

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Information social influence happens when a person looks to others to tell them how to behave.

A person is more likely to rely on information social influence when a situation or task is important to them and one of three things happen: 1) a person doesn’t know what to do because the situation is not clear and there are several choices, 2) a person is involved in a crisis and a quick decision needs to be made, and 3) a person chooses to accept the authority of others because they perceive the others are experts.

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