See if others conform to your behavior.

Cognitive dissonance often arises after making an important decision, called post-decision dissonance (or in popular terms, buyer’s remorse). Describe a recent decision you made that caused dissonance and describe how you resolved it.

Conduct a conformity study the next time you are in an elevator. After you enter the elevator, stand with your back toward the door. See if others conform to your behavior. Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDAbdMv14Is) for a candid camera demonstration of this phenomenon. Did your results turn out as expected?

1. Name and describe at least three social roles you have adopted for yourself. Why did you adopt these roles? What are some roles that are expected of you, but that you try to resist?

2. Describe a time when you or someone you know used the foot-in-the-door technique to gain someone’s compliance.

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