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 382,144 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Solomon Asch is the 57th most popular psychologist (up from 61st in 2019), the 143rd most popular biography from Poland (up from 164th 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 57 out of 182Before him are Leon Festinger, Alexander Luria, Aaron T. Beck, Philip Zimbardo, Stanley Milgram, and Edward C. Tolman. After him are Fritz Perls, Ernst Kretschmer, Ernst Heinrich Weber, Margaret Mahler, Pierre Janet, and Roger Wolcott Sperry.

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Among people born in 1907, Solomon Asch ranks 36Before him are Maurice Blanchot, Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, Daphne du Maurier, Compay Segundo, Hideki Yukawa, and Otto Ohlendorf. After him are Burgess Meredith, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Lucien Laurent, Erich Mielke, Giovanna of Italy, and Barbara Stanwyck. Among people deceased in 1996, Solomon Asch ranks 25Before him are Babrak Karmal, Tadeusz Reichstein, Silvio Piola, Artur Axmann, Odysseas Elytis, and Magda Schneider. After him are Gladwyn Jebb, René Clément, Abdus Salam, Joan Clarke, Andreas Papandreou, and Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

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Among people born in Poland, Solomon Asch ranks 143 out of 1,231Before him are Mieszko I of Poland (940), Donald Tusk (1957), Samuel Reshevsky (1911), Christa Wolf (1929), Olga Tokarczuk (1962), and Helena Rubinstein (1872). After him are Johann Gustav Droysen (1808), Jan Matejko (1838), Alexandre Colonna-Walewski (1810), Adolph Menzel (1815), Itzhak Stern (1901), and Joseph Rotblat (1908).


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), Kurt Goldstein (1878), Helene Deutsch (1884), and Abraham Brill (1874).