School Baseball Team

Module 4B analysis

Baseball team.

When one joke or story is told by a member of the team, it runs rampant throughout the team. Even when people think the joke isn't funny, they demonstrate groupthink and laugh at it anyways because the rest of the team is. Likewise, when one or two of the older players act a certain way, the rest of the team acts similarly, conforming to a certain behavior, whether positive or negative. This also demonstrates the results of Asch's Line experiment. Players also act somewhat subserviently to the older coaches, who are in a greater position of authority, similar to the Zimbardo Prison experiment, because they feel like they are in a certain position in the team's social hierachy. However, they are more friendly to the younger coaches, who they feel to be similar to their level. Players do demonstrate obedience when a coach tells them to do a certain workout or station rotation, however. Similarly to the Milgram experiment, even though players may not want to do a certain exercise, they will do it because the coaches tell them to. During a game, even though the coach will admit after the game that it was his team's fault, will demonstrate fundamental attribution error by blaming umpires or the other team. Players will often demonstrate self serving bias in order to make it seem like it wasn't their fault that they made a bad play. Thus, even though everyone might know it was their own fault, there will be extreme group polarization against the umpire.
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