Group Polarization

By Renée Grinnell

A phenomenon wherein the decisions and opinions of people in a group setting become more extreme than their actual, privately held beliefs.

Example: After a discussion about racism, members of the group who are racist will defend their attitudes far more strongly than they would have beforehand.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 Jan 2009

 

 
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