Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1038/srep39588
Title: Social conformity persists at least one day in 6-year-old children
Authors: Sun, S
Yu, R 
Keywords: child
clinical article
decision making
exposure
human
preschool child
social problem
child behavior
face
facial recognition
female
male
peer group
peer pressure
social behavior
social psychology
Child
Child Behavior
Child, Preschool
Face
Facial Recognition
Female
Humans
Judgment
Male
Peer Group
Peer Influence
Social Behavior
Social Conformity
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Sun, S, Yu, R (2016). Social conformity persists at least one day in 6-year-old children. Scientific Reports 6 : 39588. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep39588
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Humans have a tendency to forgo their own attitudes or beliefs in order to better align with the interests of a majority, a behavioral process known as conformity. Social conformity has been widely studied among adults and adolescents, whereas experimental studies on the impact of peer influence among young children have been relatively limited. The current study aims to investigate both short-term and sustained conforming behaviors among children in situations of relatively low social pressure. Forty-one children aged 5 to 6 years rated the attractiveness of 90 faces presented serially followed by witnessing a group rating in the absence of peers. Subsequently, second judgement was made after 30 minutes (Experiment 1). Results show that 6-year-old children tended to conform to their peers when group ratings differed from their own ratings, while younger children did not. In Experiment 2, children were required to make the second judgment one day after exposure to group ratings. Similarly, children aged 6 years exhibited a sustained conformity effect even after one day. Our findings suggest that 6-year-old children spontaneously change their private opinions under implicit social influence from peers. © The Author(s) 2016.
Source Title: Scientific Reports
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/178744
ISSN: 20452322
DOI: 10.1038/srep39588
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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