These articles and chapters all explore how small group interaction influences attitudes and behavior. David Myers dedicated the first decade of his career to exploring, with his Hope College students, a phenomenon called group polarization—the tendency for group interaction to amplify preexisting tendencies. A synopsis of group polarization research can be found in the group influence chapter of his Social Psychology (McGraw-Hill).
Group polarization and the risky shift. (PDF) Stoner, J. A. F., & Myers, D. G. (2013). In E. H. Kessler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of management theory. Los Angeles: Sage, pp. 323-326.
A levels-of-explanation response to integration. (PDF) Myers, D. G. (2010). In E. L. Johnson (Ed.), Psychology and Christianity: Five Views, 2nd edition. Downer's Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Polarizing effects of social interaction. (PDF) Myers, D. G. (1982). In H. Brandstätter, J. H. Davis, & G. Stocker-Kreichgauer (Eds.), Group Decision Making. London: Academic Press, pp. 125-161.
Does learning others' opinion change one's opinion? Myers, D. G., Bruggink, J. B., Kersting, R. C., & Schlosser, B. A. (1980). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 253-260.
How groups intensify decisions. (PDF) Myers, D. G. (1979, March). Human Nature, pp. 34-39. (Reprinted in Annual Editions: Psychology 80/81, 81/82 and in Readings in Social Psychology.)
Group induced polarization of attitudes and behavior. Lamm, H., & Myers, D. G. (1978). In L. Berkowitz (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 11. New York: Academic Press, pp. 145-195.
Polarizing effects of social comparison. (PDF) Myers, D. G. (1978). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 14, 554-563.
Attitude comparison: Is there ever a bandwagon effect? Myers, D. G., Wojcicki, S. B., & Aardema, B. S. (1977). Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 7, 341-347.
The group polarization phenomenon. Myers, D. G., & Lamm, H. (1976). Psychological Bulletin, 83, 602-627.
On predicting group-induced shift toward risk or caution: A second look at some experiments. Lamm, H., Myers, D. G., & Ochsmann, R. (1976). Psychologische Beitrage, 18, 288-296.
Machiavellianism, discussion time, and group shift. (PDF) Lamm, H., & Myers, D. G. (1976). Social Behavior and Personality, 4, 41-48.
Group-induced polarization in simulated juries. Myers, D. G., & Kaplan, M. F. (1976). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2, 63-66.
Group discussion effects on conflict behavior and self-justification. (PDF) Myers, D. G., & Bach, P. J. (1976). Psychological Reports, 38, 135-140.
Discussion-induced attitude polarization. Myers, D. G. (1975). Human Relations, 28, 699-714.
The polarizing effect of group discussion. (PDF) Myers, D. G., & Lamm, H. (1975). American Scientist, 63, 297-303. (Reprinted in I. L. Janis, Ed., Current Trends in Psychology, William Kaufman, 1977.)
Discussion effects on militarism-pacifism: A test of the group polarization hypothesis. (PDF) Myers, D. G., & Bach, P. J. (1974). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 30, 741-747.
Normative and informational effects of group interaction. (PDF) Myers, D. G., Bach, P. J., & Schreiber, B. V. (1974). Sociometry, 37, 275-286.
Informational influence in group discussion. (PDF) Bishop, G., & Myers, D. G. (1974). Organizational...