Asch conformity experiments
Updated: February 26, 2024
Asch Conformity Test were tests by Solomon Eliot Asch (wikipedia link) to see how suggestible people were to the crowd around them.
How the test worked
The test subject was sat with a number of actors (unknown to the subject)
The subject and actors were given a piece of paper with 4 lines drawn on it
Two were the same length
Two were different lengths
Sometimes actors gave truthful answers
Sometimes actors were instructed to give false answers
About 1/3 of the subjects gave obviously false answers in a particular repetition. Over the course of 18 repetitions, about 75% of subjects gave a false answer.
The test sought to show that people go along with the crowd. It only showed this partially, and wasn’t true for everyone.