Interpersonal communication in small groups

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Major conclusions drawn from experimental work with small face-to-face groups are summarized. The authors report an experimental study in which (1) amount of pressure toward uniformity, and (2) degree to which members perceived the group as homogeneously composed was manipulated. It was found that “when there is a range of opinion in the group, communications tend to be directed towards those members whose opinions are at the extremes of the range.” The greater the pressure toward uniformity and the greater the perception of homogeneous group-composition, the greater is the tendency to communicate to these extremes and the greater is the actual change toward uniformity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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