Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reading for Optional Discussion (UPDATED)

My apologies for getting this posted so late.  If you don't have time to read it, I understand.  That said, it's a fascinating read and I think is really relevant to those who feel a little attacked by MissRepresentation.

The Distress of the Privileged


In some of your classes, I referenced some other articles.  If you are interested in reading them (and others), here are some links.

A funny article on what women's lives are like according to TV ads.

Stereotyping in movies (also funny).

Disney goes skinny.

All male panel on birth control 

The real effects of PMS (also funny).

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

In Class Activity and Paper assignment

Here you can find the assignment for the Prejudice and Discrimination Paper that is due on Monday, October 22nd. 

Today in class we did an online exercise on how small choices often result in widespread segregation.  If you were absent, please do the activity and answer the questions on the sheet provided.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Interpersonal Attraction

If you would like to review the interpersonal attraction keynote, here it is.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Altruism Articles

Today in class we talked about Altruism, and we read a couple of articles where people failed to help others.

There is the classic case of Kitty Genovese.

The there is the more contemporary case of the gang rape outside of a California high school.

Finally, we talked about the situational explanations given for both the rape itself and for why people didn't help.  We talked about the ways that men and women read the article on the gang rape quite differently.  Part of Social Psychology is understanding that not only our immediate surroundings drive our behavior, but also the broader society in which we live.  To this end, students were given the article Schroedinger's Rapist, which I think does a very good job illuminating the way that the world is a different place for men and women.  Worth a read.

Social Influence

Here's the keynote on Social Influence, which summarizes what you need to know on Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience.

Please note: I was unable to upload the video footage.  There is a link for the Asch Line Experiment.  I could not get the footage for the Milgram Obedience Experiment, but if you search on youtube you should be able to get a lot of stuff to show up.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Class Info, October 4-5

Today in class we covered Social Thinking, which encompasses the idea of schema, attribution theory, and cognitive dissonance.

If you missed class, be sure to get the short notes from someone.

Social Psychology Syllabus

Don't forget to stay on top of your work! 

Block 3 Social Psych Syllabus

Block 4 Social Psych Syllabus

Block 6 Social Psych Syllabus