Social Influence

Turowetz, J. and Hollander, M. (2023) ‘Explaining Milgram: sixty years with consensus’, Psychology Review, 28 (4), pp.2-6.
Jason Turowetz and Matthew Hollander take a new look at why research participants in the infamous study say they obeyed. Following this article, Cara Flanagan provides some exam-based advice to support Jason Turowetz and Matthew Hollander’s exploration of Milgram’s results.

Flanagan, C. and Wood, M. (2023) ‘Understanding obedience’, Psychology Review, 28 (3), pp.16-17.
A revision poster that supports your study of obedience.

Burger, J. (2020) ‘Milgram’s results: are they surprising?’, Psychology Review, 26 (1), pp.18-20.
Jerry Burger summarises the results and looks at possible explanations.

Cardwell, M. (2020) ‘Nonviolent protest: can it really make a difference?’, Psychology Review, 26 (1), pp.2-5.
Mike Cardwell takes a look at nonviolent protest and considers some of the underlying psychology behind its effectiveness. This article includes ‘Challenge yourself’ activities to check and extend your understanding of this topic.

McDermott, M. (2019) ‘Evaluating the criticism of the Stanford Prison Experiment’, Psychology Review, 25 (2), pp.18-20.
There have been a number of recent criticisms of the Stanford Prison Experiment. This article considers whether it is ‘time to change the story’, or whether the case has been overstated.

Stevenson, A. (2011) ‘Cultural issues in psychology: classic studies in social influence’, Psychology Review, 16 (3), pp.32-33.
Some critics of psychology argue that it is ‘culture blind’, ignoring the influence of the society and culture in which we live. Andrew Stevenson aims to redress this alleged imbalance. In this issue, he considers whether classic studies of obedience and conformity apply cross-culturally.

McIlveen, R. and Gross, R. (1999) Aspects of Psychology: Social Influence. Hodder and Stoughton.

Pennington, D., Gillen, K. and Hill, P. (1999) Social Psychology. Hodder and Stoughton.

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