A rather good 10 minute YouTube video pre­sent­ing the re­sults of sev­eral pa­pers rele­vant to how con­for­mity af­fects our think­ing:


The pa­pers men­tioned are:

Sherif, M. (1935). A study of some so­cial fac­tors in per­cep­tion. Archives of Psy­chol­ogy, 27(187), pp.17-22.

Asch, S.E. (1951). Effects of group pres­sure upon the mod­ifi­ca­tion and dis­tor­tion of judg­ment. In H. Guet­zkow (ed.) Groups, lead­er­ship and men. Pitts­burgh, PA: Carnegie Press.
Asch, S.E. (1955). Opinions and so­cial pres­sure. Scien­tific Amer­i­can, 193(5), pp.31-35.

Berns, G.S., Chap­pelow, J., Zink, C.F., Pagnoni, G., Martin-Skurski, M.E., and Richards, J. (2005) ‘Neu­ro­biolog­i­cal Cor­re­lates of So­cial Con­for­mity and In­de­pen­dence Dur­ing Men­tal Ro­ta­tion’ Biolog­i­cal Psy­chi­a­try, 58(3), pp.245-253.

Weaver, K., Gar­cia, S.M., Sch­warz, N., & Miller, D.T. (2007) In­fer­ring the pop­u­lar­ity of an opinion from its fa­mil­iar­ity: A repet­i­tive voice can sound like a cho­rus. Jour­nal of Per­son­al­ity and So­cial Psy­chol­ogy, 92(5), 821-833.

What tech­niques do other posters, here on LessWrong, use to mon­i­tor and counter these effects in their lives?

The video also lists some of the ad­van­tages to a so­ciety of hav­ing a cer­tain amount of this effect in place. Does any­one here con­form too lit­tle?