Normative Social Influence: Definition & Example


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What do we call basic unwritten behavioral guidelines people in different groups and societies tend to follow?

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1. What is the definition of normative social influence?

2. Which of the following psychologists performed a conformity experiment in which people judged the lengths of lines while in a group setting?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet to help aid your understanding of normative social influence. It will ask questions about people and vocabulary terms associated with normative social influence.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students can expect questions on the following terms and people:

  • Normative social influence
  • The term for basic unwritten behavioral guidelines people are inclined to follow
  • Most well-known psychologist for studying conformity

Skills Practiced

Those who have taken this quiz/worksheet will have practiced these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull critical information from the lesson on normative social influence
  • Defining key concepts - define and/or identify the definition of key terms and phrases, such as normative social influence and the term for behavioral guidelines typically followed different groups and socieites
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a famous psychological experiment on conformity

Additional Learning

To learn more on this subject, take a look at the accompanying lesson, Normative Social Influence: Definition & Example. It will help students meet these goals:

  • Define key terms like normative social influence and conformity
  • Understand the Line Study and why people want to conform
  • Learn why we agree with others even when they are wrong