Thursday, October 30, 2014

Biological Basis of Behavior review materials

Here is the online copy of the Biological Basis of Behavior review sheet.

For information about the endocrine system, go here

The video illustrating the connection between stress and brain development is here

Finally, a video reenactment of the Phineas Gage case can be found here

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Privilege in the Real World

One of the things that we have been talking about lately in Social Psychology is "privilege" - the idea that we live in a society where some people have power and other people don't.  More importantly, we've been looking at how that privilege impacts our own experiences of self and our interactions in the real world.  Privilege works hand-in-hand with the fundamental attribution error.  We attribute other people's behavior not only to the immediate environment, but what we have learned about our roles and the roles that other people play in our society.

Here is a small selection of articles from this week alone that support the idea that privilege is alive and well in the United States.

Male Privilege: men tell women in tech that they should just work harder. 

White Privilege: black teenager maced in his own home, accused of breaking in

Male Privilege: avoid being assaulted to avoid being a victim

Socio-economic Privilege: "unapprehended felon" reflects on his success

Straight Privilege: Why are gays singled out amongst all the Catholic "sinners?"

Nationality Privilege: the ongoing push for "voter ID"

Male Privilege: battered women often sent to jail for failing to protect their children from rape, abuse

White Privilege: who gets treated for Ebola?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Schroedenger's Rapist and response

First, please read the post, which can be found here.

Second, please write a one paragraph response, considering any or all of the following questions: 

How did this post make you feel?  Did it bring up a point of view that you hadn't considered before?  Did you disagree with her premise? If this post made you feel defensive at all, why do you think that is?   Do you think it is possible for people to really live in such different realities?  (i.e. One person perceives themselves as a "nice guy" while someone else perceives that same person as a dangerous threat?)

You can type or hand write, but know that it will be turned in for a homework grade.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Reading on Prejudice and Discrimination

The following is an excerpt from Psychology: An Introduction by Morris and Maisto.  Please read for Tuesday, October 7th.

Interpersonal Attraction Notes

In case you would like to review...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience

Below are the keynote presentation slides.  Missing are the links for both the Asch Line Experiment video and the Milgram Obedience Experiment video.  When I have access to youtube I will update this post.

PS - There is an Oxford Comma in the title of this post