Social Influence: Crash Course Psychology #38

Social Influence: Crash Course Psychology #38

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Why do people sometimes do bad things just because someone else told them to? And what does the term Groupthink mean? In today’s episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks about the ideas of Social Influence and how it can affect our decisions to act or to not act.

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Table of Contents:

Milgram Experiment 0:31
Automatic Mimicry 3:29
Solomon Asch 4:08
Normative Social Influence 5:31
Social Facilitation 5:59
Social Loafing 6:19
Deindividuation, Group Polarization, & Groupthink 6:50

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November 12, 2014 / 47 Comments / by / in
  • Would you kindly … ?

  • That awkward moment when one top comment, is the exact copy of the other top comment.

  • 0:07 wat

  • 3:03 "Obedience was highest when when…"

    Next stop: Crash Course Psychology – OCD.

  • So… who's read Lord of the Flies?

  • Wat…

  • So what is the difference between Obedience, Conformity and Compliance?
    Please clear my doubt Crash Course.
    Your videos are really awesome.
    Thank You!

  • i dont think we are approriently represented by John's idea of youtube comments

  • I really like the wrap up in the end.Because is leaves us wit a reminder or summary of what was learned.

  • Sad that some of the best videos in this 40-episode series are the ones with the least views.

  • Vroom Vroom 😉

  • That awkward moment when one top comment, is the exact copy of the other top comment.

  • that awkward moment when the top comment is the same as the bottom comment

  • Has anyone noticed that on 3:03, the first sentence has two "when"?

  • If you take my exam for me ill pay you

  • Thank you!:)

  • These comments are the most intelligent ones I have ever seen.

  • horrible

  • It's confusing when you play the theme music in the middle of an episode. I expect a new video to start when I hear it.

  • i love these guys always feel happy after each episode.

  • Good video but some of the facts are wrong, but for the most part really useful!!

  • Batcho Cumber…


  • What a crazy experiment!

  • FRICKIN AMAZING! I took in more in this class than any of the others lol! Thank you!

  • That awkward moment when the comment is the copy of the one above it.

  • If those people started saying the wrong line I would started start calling them idiots and yelling insults at them in Shakespearean. I think I need to learn how to accept when others are wrong.

  • if i got to shock someone i would view it as a personal challenge to give the full dose, see if i'm a badguy or a goodguy. That concept is a little lost to me.

  • that was amazing

  • "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."-Anonymous (Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths Ch 7 Pg 160)
    I don't know why I have to feel like I have never practiced anything smart, brave, and/or sentimental because of my current status as a clean and sober homosexual who was once a dance partner to Miss San Diego 2004 and a performer to the fairy tales with The California Ballet Company..  I don't know why if I talk different than most people that are in the "real world" I have to feel like I have never done anything professional and/or studied anything that required structure as a homosexual who actually had a biological mother (RIP) a credentialed dance teacher from Grossmont Community College and San Diego State University as well as having the opportunity to train at elite dance schools in Southern CA, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and, New York. . I don't know why I have to be something I am not if I say I am a homosexual who once practiced gay phone sex and gay sex acts online.
     "A man may criticize or laugh at himself and it will affect others favorably, but criticism or ridicule coming from another often produces the contrary effect" (Alcoholics Anonymous Ch 9 Pg 125)
    I don't know why dance school feels like it just a childish game to the everyday law abiding citizen as someone how last had a sip of alcohol in the month of January of 2016..  I don't know why I have to feel I never studied anything mathematical because of my mental skills as a homosexual.  I don't know why I have to feel emotionally uncoordinated because I am a homosexual that does not agree with the lifestyle of women that like to have sex with the men they are attracted to.  I don't know why I have to feel intimidated by nice people that live a life style I don't agree with while I am homosexual who is currently homeless.  I don't know why I have to be gay pride if I hate listening to Britney Spears like I am supposed to be Britney Spears. "A person can be many different things to many different people." (Patient H.M. : A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich Ch 18 Pg 200)
     I don't know why I have to agree with the interpretation of life from other people just because they are nice and have their life together.  I don't know why I have to think the imagination of love and laughter from men that sleep with women and/or gay men that love female empowerment is something I need to relate to.
     "The rule is we must be hard on ourself, but always considerate of others." (Alcoholics Anonymous Ch 6 Pg 74)
     I don't know why I have to feel like I don't understand anything about customer service as a homosexual who has yelled and screamed at police officers and reported it to the authorities.  I don't know why I have to feel intimidated by other men because I was never in the military and/or never played sports like baseball.  I don't know why I have to feel like I never practiced anything global because I am a homosexual that believes in modesty.
     "One of the things our brains do, constantly, unconsciously, whether we like it or not, is make connections.  They make connections in a literal sense, in that our neurons are promiscuous, always reaching out with their yearning axons to bond with other neurons. " (Patient H.M.: A Story of  Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich Ch 3 Pg 30)
     What is melius anceps remedium quam nullum anyways….

  • Now I know that other participants in a social experiment are most likely actors. What happens if people who knows this fact becomes a specimen?

  • Highschool Never Ends intensifies

  • How many of the people that conformed were just Stupid and just gave a wrong answer

  • really helped for my masters program

  • You are sitting on a chair made of the skin of a murdered cow, and you find it normal, guess why?

  • I'm going to be a sophomore in high school and I LOVE all of these phycology vids!

  • Hi. What is the name of the study involving a game of tug of war?

  • no wonder so many people are religious, especially if you grew up in a community and family that are religious too

  • I'm gonna go out on a limb here. But something tells me all the participants in this experiment are White Christian Males.

  • Social influence is something everybody experiences everyday, regardless of who they are, what they do, etc. It can have a positive or negative effect on a person's life, depending on how they react to it. Peer pressure is an example of social influence. Going against your views and beliefs to gain acceptance and approval is very common among youngsters. It has negative consequences most of the time. Most students in colleges who start drinking or smoking does it out of peer pressure. It can be overcome if you're strong in your beliefs and views, rather than succumbing to the urge of your colleagues.

  • The shock generator actually started at 15 volts up to 450 volts, not 30 volts

  • It is something to admire that any human being after High school can think for themselves.

  • Thanks for giving me the cliffnotes on how to manipulate simple-minded people. >:)

  • And this is the base of what gives autism the bulk of its immense power.

  • this explains why muslims think that muhammad the paedoohile, rapist is the perfect man

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  • Those 95 dislikes must have been due to social influence

  • There is a typo on the screen shown at 3:03 🙂

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