Dynamic social impact theory (Latane, 1996) predicts four group level phenomena-clustering, consolidation, correlation, and continuing diversity-which are likely to emerge from simple communication among spatially distributed individuals. We compared the effects of social influence on people's attitudes after engaging in a series of group discussions of different types of issues (for example, important vs. unimportant and those with vs. without a correct answer). Students were more influenced on issues based solely on opinion than on questions with a correct answer. Furthermore, personality and demographics were not related to attitude change. This project will allow a further general understanding of social influence, and the situations and/or issues it is most likely to occur within.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Schultz, Randall P. and Harton, Helen C.
"Social Influence and Question-Type: Is Your First Answer Always Best?,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 2:
1, Article 35.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol2/iss1/35