Social Psychology:

Social Psychology is my favorite unit of psychology because it examines human behavior in the context of other humans, something we can all relate to!  

Our ENTRY EVENT into Social Psychology will be a reading and seminar discussion of the famous short story, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson linked below: 

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Attribution Theory: This theory outlines the fact that there are situational and dispositional factors that influence our behavior.  The powerpoint below will be presented and elaborated upon in class, however it is here for your reference: 

Attribution Theory Understood

 Social and Cultural Psychology

The most Famous Social Psych Experiments!  Know them all!

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Outline Principals that define the socio/cultural level of psychology
  2. Explain how principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis may be demonstrated in research

SocioCultural Cognition:

  1. Describe the role of situational and dispositional factors in explaining behavior
    1. Studies that can be used for this include Milgrim and Zimbardo however here is another interesting one involving eating habits among sorority girls. Conducted by Crandall at Yale:
      1. Social Influence on Binge Eating, Crandall
    2. Equally compelling and interesting study regarding einvironmental affects on drug addiction: The study can be called, “Rattopia” by Alexander, 1977::
  2. Discuss two errors in attribution
    1. Attribution Theory PowerpointAttribution Theory Understood
    2. Ross et. al as well as Russel and Lau are two studies that address this learning outcome. See your text and study guide for studies
    3. Amazing Stanford study on changing Attributions in order to increase student well being!!!

3.  Evaluate social identity theory, making reference to relevant studies

  1. Tajfel is the creator of Social identity theory and a great primer for it is here:
  2. Good article on the importance of belonging:

4.  Explain the formation of stereotypes and their effects on behavior 

**To address learning outcome #4 above, I want you to engage in a comparative analysis of Stereotype formation theories.  Use the reference linked below in conjunction with the word document titled, “Stereotype formation Evaluated”

Stereotype Formation Info

Stereotype Formation Evaluated

Social Norms

  1. Explain social learning theory, making reference to two relevant studies
    1. Ingenious study on social learning theory augmenting its reach
    2. They Key study however, is the 1963 “bobo Doll” experiment by Alburt Bandura of Stanford.
    3. And HERE is where mirror neurons really come into play…read about them below:
  2. Discuss the use of compliance techniques
  3. Evaluate research on conformity to goup norms
  4. Discuss factors influencing conformity

Cultural Norms

  1. Define the terms culture and cultural norms

This Learning Helper will facilitate your understanding of the above learning outcome: Understanding Culture

2.  Examine the role of two cultural dimensions on behaviour

This Learning Helper will facilitate your understanding of Cultural Dimensions:  Understanding Cultural Dimensions

 Now, use the data tool from Hoefstede’s website to see if your analysis was correct!

Emic and Etic

  1. Use examples to explain the emic and etic concepts

Research Methods and SocioCultural

  1. Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the sociocultural level of analysis
  2. Discuss ethical considerations related to research at the sociocultural level of analysis 


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