Asch Conformity Experiment: Psychology and ‘Harrison Bergeron’

Learning Target: “Harrison Bergeron” and its literary connection to Psychology and Today.

Directions: Which of the two lines match the one on the left? A, B, or C?

It’s obvious that the answer is ADiscuss

Read, Review and Discuss the following explanation of the Asch Conformity Experiment:


Going along with the crowd is a powerful force. Remember George Bergeron:

“You been so tired lately-kind of wore out,” said Hazel. “If there was just some way we could make a little hole in the bottom of the bag, and just take out a few of them lead balls. Just a few.”

“Two years in prison and two thousand dollars fine for every ball I took out,” said George. “I don’t call that a bargain.”

“If you could just take a few out when you came home from work,” said Hazel. “I mean-you don’t compete with anybody around here. You just sit around.”

If I tried to get away with it,” said George, “then other people’d get away with it-and pretty soon we’d be right back to the dark ages again, with everybody competing against everybody else. You wouldn’t like that, would you?”

He is going along with the crowd, as well as following Authority.

Watch and analyze the following video, and answer the following 2 questions (20 points):

1)      What did you learn from the video “How to Crack the Conformity?”

2)      How easy or difficult is it for YOU to go against conformity or peer pressure? Are you George Bergeron …? Or are you more like Harrison Bergeron?

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