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Clinton Layne, Lynn Clark, Sam McFarland

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Two hundred male, Introductory Psychology students were tested using the A:L and SSS. Forty-two students were then selected using approximately the upper, lower, and middle 7'7 of the distribution of scores on the total SSS as cut-of: points. The Asch Conformity Test (ASCII) was then administered to each of those 42 subjects. It was hypothesized that high sensation seekers (based on total scale score, SSS) would behave in a nonconforming manner and that low sensation seekers would more readily conform to social pressures as measured by the ASCH. It was also hypothesized that when the effects of dominance and autonomy (as measured by the ACL) were discounted, the SSS would continue to predict nonconformity in the subjects. The results obtained through the use of Pearson product-moment correlations suggest that nonconformity is not significantly related to sensation seeking (as measured by the total SSS score). However, a significant relationship was found to exist between Thrill and Adventure Seeking ("AS, one of the SSS subscales) and nonconformity. '!hen the effects of dominance and autonomy (ACL) were eliminated through the use of partial correlations, TAS continued to predict nonconformity in the subjects.


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