Chapter 8 – Power



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Chapter 8 – Power





  1. Describe the methods used by Milgram in his studies of obedience, and state the percentage of people who obeyed in his initial study.

  2. Summarize the results obtained by Milgram when he decreased the distance between the teacher and the learner, placed subjects in three person groups, and varied the authority's social power.

  3. Critique Milgram’s research in terms of methodology and ethics.

  4. Explain how power processes influence flight crew performance.

  5. List, define, and give examples of the 6 bases of power identified by French and Raven.

  6. Analyze the causes of school bullying and use that analysis to suggest ways it can be curtailed.

  7. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of Milgram’s theory of agentic states.

  8. Summarize the methods used and results obtained in Zimbardo’s prison study.

  9. Use the fundamental attribution error to explain people’s everyday explanations of cult conversion.

  10. Summarize Kelman’s theory of conversion.

  11. Describe 3 common ways that individuals act when resisting an authority’s influence.

  12. List and give an example of at least 6 influence strategies (e.g., persuasion, ingratiation) and classify each one in terms of directness, rationality, and laterality.

  13. Summarize the approach-inhibition model of power.

  14. Describe at least 2 personality factors that predict who will seek and use power to influence others.

  15. Critically examine the maxim “Power corrupts” from a group dynamics perspective.

  16. Compare and contrast the reactions of communals and exchanges when primed by the concept of power.

  17. Use the concept of power to explain the events surrounding the tragedy at Jonestown and the People’s Temple.


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