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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 425,746 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Solomon Asch is the 50th most popular psychologist (up from 57th in 2019), the 126th most popular biography from Poland (up from 143rd 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 50 out of 183Before him are Elton Mayo, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Philip Zimbardo, Max Wertheimer, Stanley Milgram, and Geert Hofstede. After him are Fritz Perls, Raymond Cattell, Sabina Spielrein, Alexander Luria, Wolfgang Köhler, and Martin Seligman.

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Among people born in 1907, Solomon Asch ranks 34Before him are François Duvalier, Sister Lúcia, Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, Maurice Blanchot, Daphne du Maurier, and Dora Maar. After him are Burgess Meredith, Otto Ohlendorf, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Giovanna of Italy, Compay Segundo, and Erich Mielke. Among people deceased in 1996, Solomon Asch ranks 21Before him are Paul Erdős, Frank Whittle, Tadeusz Reichstein, Adolf Galland, Joan Clarke, and Gene Kelly. After him are Silvio Piola, Sergiu Celibidache, Artur Axmann, Marcel Carné, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, and René Clément.

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Among people born in Poland, Solomon Asch ranks 126 out of 1,454Before him are Alexander Jagiellon (1461), Clara Immerwahr (1870), Otto Liman von Sanders (1855), Władysław Sikorski (1881), Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860), and Arthur Liebehenschel (1901). After him are Witold Gombrowicz (1904), Helena Rubinstein (1872), Witold Lutosławski (1913), Adolph Menzel (1815), Osip Mandelstam (1891), and Jarosław Kaczyński (1949).


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).