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Describe Evaluate Two Explanations of the Behaviour of Crowds When people are alone their behaviour can be different to when they are part of a crowd and sometimes this change in behaviour can even lead to violence When you consider that crowds exist in nearly all walks of life such as work sports and general social life this can become a problem so why is it that a persons behaviour does in fact change There have been many studies in conjunction with crowd behaviour and they often fall into the category of conformity An example of a highly respected experiment to do with conformity was carried out by Asch It involved showing participants a set of two cards On one of the cards there was a line whilst on the other card there was a three lines one of which was identical to that on the other card The experiment proceeded by Asch asking participants to say aloud which line out of the three matched the single line on the other card He found that when the participants were alone and were asked to decide they all answered correctly by matching the two lines So it was then that Asch decided to change the settings of the experiment This time around he made the participants group together but did it in a way that outcast one of the groups members in a way that the rest of the groups participants were now accomplices trying to catch out the nave participant It was the job of the accomplishes to all shout out the wrong answer when asked to do so in the view that it was thought that the nave participant would then conform to the group decision The results of the experiment showed that 74 of the nave participants agreed with the incorrect group decision even when the answer was undoubtedly obvious In conclusion to his findings Asch thought of
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