Solomon Asch

1907 - 1996

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Solomon Eliot Asch (September 14, 1907 – February 20, 1996) was a Polish-American Gestalt psychologist and pioneer in social psychology. He created seminal pieces of work in impression formation, prestige suggestion, conformity, and many other topics. His work follows a common theme of Gestalt psychology that the whole is not only greater than the sum of its parts, but the nature of the whole fundamentally alters the parts. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Solomon Asch has received more than 494,835 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Solomon Asch is the 59th most popular psychologist (down from 50th in 2019), the 183rd most popular biography from Poland (down from 126th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Polish Psychologist.

Solomon Asch was a social psychologist who conducted experiments on conformity in the 1950s. His most famous experiment was called the "line experiment." In this experiment, participants were shown a line on a card and then asked to identify which of three lines on another card was the same length as the one on the first card. The participants were in groups of seven, and one of the other participants was a confederate of the experimenter. The confederate would give an incorrect answer and then the rest of the group would give an incorrect answer. The participant would be the only one in the group to give the correct answer. The participant would then be asked to say how confident they were in their answer. Asch found that when the confederate gave an incorrect answer, the participant would often change their answer to match the group.

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Among psychologists, Solomon Asch ranks 59 out of 235Before him are Martin Seligman, Aaron T. Beck, Alexander Luria, Fritz Perls, Stanley Milgram, and Pierre Janet. After him are Roger Wolcott Sperry, Geert Hofstede, Karl Abraham, Stanislav Grof, Leon Festinger, and Alice Miller.

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Among people born in 1907, Solomon Asch ranks 48Before him are Lucien Laurent, Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, Compay Segundo, Lê Duẩn, Varlam Shalamov, and W. H. Auden. After him are Pujie, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Barbara Stanwyck, U Nu, Alexander R. Todd, and Zarah Leander. Among people deceased in 1996, Solomon Asch ranks 31Before him are Magda Schneider, Abdus Salam, Artur Axmann, René Clément, Odysseas Elytis, and Ademir de Menezes. After him are Andreas Papandreou, Gladwyn Jebb, Masaki Kobayashi, Nicu Ceaușescu, Mohammad Najibullah, and Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

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Among people born in Poland, Solomon Asch ranks 183 out of 1,694Before him are Hans-Jürgen von Arnim (1889), Casimir I the Restorer (1016), Mykhailo Hrushevsky (1866), Günter Blobel (1936), Benzion Netanyahu (1910), and Adolph Menzel (1815). After him are Adam Jerzy Czartoryski (1770), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (1915), Catherine Opalińska (1680), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Ernst Kummer (1810), and Bolesław II the Generous (1041).


Among psychologists born in Poland, Solomon Asch ranks 3Before him are Kurt Lewin (1890), and Gustav Fechner (1801). After him are Alice Miller (1923), Hugo Münsterberg (1863), Helene Deutsch (1884), Kurt Goldstein (1878), and Abraham Brill (1874).