Minority Influence and Compliance
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These two topics are similar, but it is very important that you do not confuse the two since there is a difference.
- 1This involves a minority persuading the majority regarding a particular opinion.Minority Influence.Advertisement
- 2This involves someone persuading you to agree to do something (usually buy their product).Compliance.
Minority Influence Study: Moscovici and Nemeth
The research into conformity has been focused on majority, and the effects of the minorities have been neglected.
|Aim||To discover how a minority affects a majority, depending on where they sit.|
Groups of 5 people (including one confederate) were asked to make jury-style decisions.
The confederate was either assigned to, or chose A, B, or C (see below). They also had to take a minority view.
|Results||Little influence when assigned to any seat. But when the confederate chose where to sit; position C was very influential.|
|Conclusion||Minority influence is more likely when one is the focus of attention.|
|Evaluation||This experiment has good ecological validity, as making decisions in a group is the sort of task that someone commonly encounters in their life.|
Through research such as that described above, and others, Moscovici (1985) concluded minority influence was more likely under the following conditions.
- 1The opinion expressed must remain the same.Consistency.
- 2The minority must not appear too rigid and dogmatic.Flexibility.
- 3If the minority shows itself dedicated to the issue, then conversion may result (where someone comes over to your cause), rather than compliance.Commitment.
- 4The position must be consistent with social trends.Relevance.
Compliance is getting other people to agree with a request. This is different from conformity, because it relates to a specific thing. An example would be salespeople selling door-to-door, or in a shop.
Techniques for Gaining Compliance
Techniques for gaining compliance are based on the following things.
- 1Compliance is more likely when we think something is in short supply. For example, if you are told a shop only has one or two of the items left in stock, you will be more likely to buy it.Scarcity.
- 2If someone is our friend or we like them, compliance is more likely.Friendship.
- 3This is if we think we should do something. For example, we may be more likely to donate to charity because it is perceived as something we should do.Social Validation.
- 4Compliance is more likely with an authoritative figure. It is important that you do not confuse this with obedience.Authority.
- 5If you owe a favour to someone, i.e they've already done something for you, you are apt to be more compliant. An example: If you go into a car salesroom and look interested, the salesperson may give you a warm drink, or if you are considering buying something very expensive they may take you out to dinner, etc. These are methods employed to make you more compliant.Reciprocity.
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