Social Conformity Definition: Normative vs. Informational


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Chloe heads to the front of the store to check out. Although there are two lines that have a light on and appear to be open, everyone is lined up at only one of them. Chloe assumes there must be something wrong at the shorter line or else everyone would be in it, so she heads to the back of the longer line. This is an example of _____.

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1. Stanley Milgram is best known for his study on _____.

2. A new student at a high school can display normative conformity by performing all of the following actions EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of normative and informational social conformity. You will be quizzed on different types of social conformity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and quiz to check your knowledge of:

  • Stanley Milgrim's legacy
  • Asch's study of conformity
  • Peer pressure

Skills Practiced

Use these tools to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sociology lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as informational and normative conformity
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast main topics, such as normative and informational social conformity

Additional Learning

To learn more about different forms of social conformity, review the lesson Social Conformity: Normative vs. Informational. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Compare and contrast informational conformity and normative conformity
  • Define social conformity
  • Determine what contributions Stanley Milgrim made to the psychology field
  • Explain how social conformity is different from obedience