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There is a group of 6 UCI administrators in a meeting, trying to decide whether to change their admissions standards for the incoming class of freshmen. They are under a lot of pressure to make a decision soon. This group of administrators is very close (they talk often, eat lunch together, and spend time together outside of work). The head administrator is very direct, forceful and charismatic, and it is clear that he and 2 of the other administrators want to change the admissions policy. The other 3 administrators have strong private concerns about these proposed changes, but none of them say so during the meeting. What social psychological phenomenon is most directly being illustrated in this example? Group of answer choices Deindividuation Groupthink Cognitive dissonance Both deindividuation and cognitive dissonance