Working on Your Internal Assessment: The Introduction

the-beginningWell.  Here we are!  Internal Assessment time!  Don’t worry! This will be fun! Especially since we’re going to do it together!


Seriously though.  You’re gonna be fine.  The KEY however is staying on top of the progression.  Today you’re earning a full work day–USE IT WELL!

Your tasks today are: 

  1.  Identify the study you will replicate. Print it out. 
  2. Consult the works cited page of the study. What are other relevant studies? You’ll need to locate these in order to include them in your introduction. 
  3. Identify the area of psychology your study lives in. Not just “cognitive” or “social” but which sub-area within that level of analysis does your study live in? Make sure you’re clear on this. 
  4. Identify the Hypothesis, and corresponding AIM of your study. 
  5. Identify the Independent variable and dependent variable in your study. You CANNOT HAVE MORE THAN ONE IV OR DV !!!!!! if you do, you’ll get a zero. 
  6. Begin research on related studies (see #2 above)
  7. Begin writing introduction using the following PDFs as a guide (the amazing guide below was created by Psycho Hanson). 

IA instructions Intro 1

IA instructions intro 2

IA instructions intro 3

The Red Scare and Fear as Control


Fear is indeed a tool of political control.  The question is the degree to which the marketing of fear and subsequent exploitation is purposeful.

There are some very famous examples of purposeful exploitation of fear for political control and personal gain.  I’m sure Hitler comes to mind, as he should. However after this learning activity, two more should come to mind.

Download and complete the learning helper below and be ready to discuss at length next class!

Red Scare and Fear as Control

Socio Cultural Level of Analysis: Test TIME!!


The following are learning outcomes you should study for the SCLOA Unit Exam: 

  • Discuss the  use of compliance techniques
  • Evaluate research on conformity to group norms
  • explain social learning theory making reference to two relevant studies
  • Examine the role of two cultural dimensions on behavior
  • Discuss factors influencing conformity
  • Outline principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis
  • Evaluate social identity theory
  • Discuss two errors in attribution
  • Describe the role of situational and dispositional factors in explaining behavior

You call that happy!? Cultural differences in Emotion



It seems like something that should be constant and consistent across cultures; however ETIC studies such as those by Dr. Tsai have indicated otherwise!  Read the great summary article below on her work at Stanford on culture, emotion and the role that culture plays in shaping cognition: