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AQA Social Influence Pack for AS and A-level Psychology

AQA Social Influence Pack for AS and A-level Psychology

This is NOT an official resource provided by AQA and should not be considered as an alternative to teaching/essay practice. These notes are designed as comprehensive revision notes for students themselves to base their revision on, per the specification. The topics covered: Types of conformity: internalisation, identification and compliance. Explanations for conformity: informational social influence and normative social influence Variables affecting conformity including group size, unanimity and task difficulty as investigated by Asch. Conformity to social roles as investigated by Zimbardo. Explanations for obedience: agentic state and legitimacy of authority Situational variables affecting obedience including proximity and location, as investigated by Milgram, and uniform. Dispositional explanation for obedience: the Authoritarian Personality. Explanations of resistance to social influence, including social support and locus of control. Minority influence including reference to consistency, commitment and flexibility. The role of social influence processes in social change.