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2014-05-25 05:58:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Even the most independent person sometimes finds his or her opinions changing in the presence of peer pressure, but new research appearing in the Association for Psychological Science (APS) journal Psychological Science reveals that there is an expiration date for the effects of social influence. In fact, psychological scientist and study author Rongjun Yu of South China Normal University and his colleagues have found that people...

2011-10-25 19:56:26

Children as young as four years of age conform their public opinion to the majority Adults and adolescents often adjust their behavior and opinions to peer groups, even when they themselves know better. Researchers from the Max Planck Institutes for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands, studied this phenomenon in four-year-olds and found that preschool children are already subject to peer pressure. In the current study, the...

2011-09-28 14:22:11

The company an adolescent keeps affects his or her behavior–particularly when these friends engage in illicit activities and are indifferent to education–right? Well, that all depends, according to a new Northwestern University study, "Being in 'Bad' Company: Power Dependence and Status in Adolescent Susceptibility to Peer Influence," which appears in the September issue of Social Psychology Quarterly. The research, conducted in a primarily Hispanic, low-income neighborhood,...

2011-09-28 10:38:02

Kids in the same groups of friends are not necessarily influenced by peers' negative behavior The company an adolescent keeps, particularly when it comes to drugs and criminal activity, affects bad behavior. Right? It all depends, according to a new Northwestern University study "Being in 'Bad' Company: Power Dependence and Status in Adolescent Susceptibility to Peer Influence" which appears in the September issue of Social Psychology Quarterly. The research, conducted in a primarily...

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2009-10-21 08:50:00

Negative expectations might produce negative behaviors Drinking. Drugs. Caving into peer pressure. When parents expect their teenagers to conform to negative stereotypes, those teens are in fact more likely to do so, according to new research by Professor of Psychology Christy Buchanan. "Parents who believe they are simply being realistic might actually contribute to a self-fulfilling prophecy," says Buchanan, who studies adolescent development and behavior. "Negative expectations on the part...

2009-07-08 16:30:25

A U.S. study suggests people are more likely to become involved in conservation programs if their neighbors are also involved. Michigan State University Professor Jianguo Liu said his study is the first to look at social norms in the context of China's conservation efforts. The study focused on a mammoth government initiative called Grain-to-Green that pays Chinese farmers to convert cropland back to forest. Liu said while money is a key factor in whether people sign up for the voluntary...


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