Experiments on Suggestion: Black is white

This is a fragment from 1971 film directed by Felix Sobolev. The psychological experiments were conducted by Dr. Valeria Mukhina.

A group of seven people are shown two pyramides one black and one white. The experimemter asks each member of the group what color are the pyramides. Six members of the group are experimenter's accomplices (like in Asch's experiment) and say that both pyramides are white. In another experiment the group is shown five photos of five different people. Experimenter asks the members of the group if among these photos are two portraits of the same person. Experimenter's accomplices are instructed to say that certain two photos show the same person and to find common facial features to convince the test subject.

Press the "play" button to view the video. 15 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.

Could it be that the high status of the masterpices of modern art is not challenged because people feel ambarrassed before the knowledgeable comrades who can emphasize things so competently, can notice every small detail, compare and link everything together? Could the same be true for modern literature and poetry? Check out the Reverent Quizzes to see if you can tell the work of a recognized genius when his name is separated from it, that is when you are free from suggestion.

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