Direct and indirect influence in the Asch paradigm: Effects of ‘valid’ or ‘denied’ information


  • This paper was translated from French by Evelyn Aeschlimann


In an experiment using the Asch paradigm, a source whose response was ‘denied’ (source younger than subjects, in an experiment context implying the development of visual acuity) was found to have less direct influence than a ‘validated’ source (older or same age as subjects), tending to specialize in a pattern of influence similar to the so-called conversion phenomenon (i.e. direct influence only).