12 Angry Men Psychology Analysis

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An inner look of social psychology in the Twelve Angry Men Film Twelve angry men film illustrates social psychology theories and gives us a look at the system of justice. A group of jurors from very different backgrounds and occupations must decide on the guilt of innocence of a case of murdering a father by his son. Eleven out of twelve voted guilty, gradually the one who voted not guilty stood by his vote until persuading other jurors to a not-guilty decision. The film exemplifies psychology theories in many areas such as; group process, the attitude change, and conformity. The resemblance of Ash’s line experiment of conformity is explained by the way of how the first vote of the group took place which was taken by rising hands publicly. Bases on criminal justice usually the first vote is taken by secret ballot. The film exemplifies the informational social influence and normative social influence. Based on the informational social influence, each individual conform because that they rely on other’s understanding rather than their own. However, normative social influence is the idea of leading people to conform in order to be accepted or liked by the influencers. Informational social influence appears by the ambiguity of the situation,…show more content…
There are two routes to persuasion: the central route and the peripheral one. The central route is the way of looking in the situation carefully and considering the power of argument to prove a point. Both the architect who was arguing on the not-guilty side and the businessman who was arguing on the guilty side are using this approach. The peripheral route is the looking into superficial clues surrounding the argument. The sickly man was following this approach when he said “we know how these [African-Americans] act. They are all the same. They lie, they steal they drink.” He was trying to imply the peripheral route to prove his
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