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).
A social psychology of the Internet. Myers, D. G. (2016). International Forum of Teaching and Studies, 12(1), pp. 3-9.
Group polarization and the risky shift. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Myers, D. G., & Bach, P. J. (1974). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 30, 741-747.
Normative and informational effects of group interaction. Myers, D. G., Bach, P. J., & Schreiber, B. V. (1974). Sociometry, 37, 275-286.
Informational influence in group discussion. Bishop, G., & Myers, D. G. (1974). Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, 12, 92-104.
Interpersonal comparison processes in choice dilemma responding. Myers, D. G. (1974). Journal of Psychology, 86, 287-292.
Effects of discussion on opinions concerning illegal behavior. Myers, D. G., Schreiber, B. J., & Veil, D. J. (1974). Journal of Social Psychology, 92, 77-84.
Summary and bibliography of experiments on group-induced response shift. Myers, D. G. (1973). JSAS Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology, 3, 123.
Enhancement of dominant risk tendencies in group discussion. Myers, D. G., & Arenson, S. J. (1972). Psychological Reports, 30, 615-623.
Is risky-shift due to disproportionate influence by extreme group members? Myers, D. G., & Murdoch, P. (1972). British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 11, 109-114.
Enhancement of dominant attitudes in group discussion. Myers, D. G., & Bishop, G. D. (1971). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 20, 386-391.
Discussion arguments, information about others responses, and risky-shift. Myers, D. G., Wong, D. W., & Murdoch, P. (1971). Psychonomic Science, 24, 81-83.
Responsibility diffusion and drive enhancement effects on risky-shift. Myers, D. G., Murdoch, P., & Smith, G. F. (1970). Journal of Personality, 38, 418-425.
Information effects on cautious and risky-shift items. Murdoch, P., Myers, D. G., & Smith, G. F. (1970). Psychonomic Science, 20, 97-98.
Discussion effects on racial attitudes. Myers, D. G., & Bishop, G. D. (1970). Science, 169, 778-779.