Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:41:32 -0500 From: Jonathan Mueller <jfmueller@xxxxxxxxxx> To: socialpsy-teach@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 10, No. 11 Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter Vol. 10, No. 11 August 26, 2011the e-mail newsletter accompanying the Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at
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Persuasion/Social Judgment: Company brands produce positive priming but slogans the opposite
http://www.bm.ust.hk/mark/staff/Amy/Amy%20JCR%20-%202011%20April.pdf http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3336Fascinating -- "For instance, exposure to the retailer brand name “Walmart,” typically associated with saving money, reduces subsequent spending, whereas exposure to the Walmart slogan, “Save money. Live better,” increases it. Slogans cause reverse priming effects and brands cause priming effects because people perceive slogans, but not brands, as persuasion tactics." The first link is to the research article; the second link is to a blog entry about it.
Activities and Exercises http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/activities.htm Prejudice: Multicultural teaching: Information and strategies http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tsmdt.phpAn extensive set of resources for teaching multicultural topics and issues from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan
Class Assignments http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/assignments.htm Project: Teaching social categorization http://top.sagepub.com/content/38/3/158.abstractA recent Teaching of Psychology article: "This article details a multi-modal active learning experience to help students understand elements of social categorization. Each student in a group dynamics course observed two groups in conflict and identified examples of in-group bias, double-standard thinking, out-group homogeneity bias, law of small numbers, group attribution error, ultimate attribution error, and moral exclusion. Students individually wrote papers detailing their observations. The author then carefully structured students' small and large group discussions so students could present and compare their findings orally. Pretest–posttest analyses revealed that students had a more complete and accurate understanding of social categorization after participating in this assignment than they did after merely reading the relevant textbook chapter."
Examples http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/examples.htm Helping: Example of heroic rescue http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43880728/ns/world_news-europe/During the recent Norwegian massacre, a tourist helped rescue several teens on the island where the shooting took place.
Prejudice: Institutional racism http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/07/25/38410.htmA Black student with the highest GPA was not allowed to be sole valedictorian at her high school because, allegedly, it would create a "big mess." A White student was appointed a co-valedictorian.
Prejudice: Stereotypes in the mediahttp://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/18/ nivea-apologizes-for-controversial-ad-in-esquire/?on.cnn=1
"Nivea apologizes for controversial ad in Esquire." Online Lectures http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/lecture.htm Video lectures: Social Psychology: Self & Society: Instructor: Robb Willer http://freevideolectures.com/Course/2428/Social-Psychology-Self-and-Society/1 Topic Resources http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/topics.htm Attraction and Relationships: Most romantic U.S. city?http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2011/8/5/ redbox-and-the-most-romantic-city-in-the-united-states.html
I always like to see interesting ways of measuring things. Most romantic city? The one that rented the highest percentage of romantic comedies through Redbox (a kiosk often located in front of or inside stores from which someone can rent a movie). Follow the link to find out if it is your city...
Attraction and Relationships: Oxytocin boosts trust, and attractiveness in more masculine male faces
Interesting study -- more masculine males can be seen as more dangerous. But a shot of oxytocin up the nose caused both males and females to view the more masculine males as more attractive.
Attraction and Relationships: Humor and attractionhttp://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2011/8/19/ humor-and-attraction-who-likes-a-joker.html
"A recent study indicates that men are more likely than women to use humor when getting to know potential romantic partners, and that women use sense of humor as a criteria for evaluating partners more than men. In addition, when analyzing online personal ads, researchers found that men tended to mention their own sense of humor, while women stated a preference for a funny partner. Finally, a woman’s rating of a man’s sense of humor predicts her romantic interest in him. However, a man's perception of a woman’s sense of humor is unimportant for his desire to get to know her."
Attraction and Relationships: One downside of attractivenesshttp://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-small-talk/ 201108/when-being-beautiful-backfires
Same-sex others reviewing your job application may respond more negatively to your attractiveness. You've been warned.
Attraction and Relationships: Similarity and attraction http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-small-talk/201107/who-do-you-loveSubscriber Sam Sommers provides a good summary of some recent research on how we are attracted (and want to sit by) similar others.
Conformity: Milgram's prison study revisited 40 years later http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/2011/julaug/features/spe.htmlStanford Magazine revisits the study 40 years later with interviews of some of the key players.
Conformity: Social acceptance and rejection http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110812213032.htmA ScienceDaily article about a good Current Directions in Psychological Science article reviewing recent research on acceptance and rejection
General: "Social networking sites and our lives" http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Technology-and-social-networks.aspxA report from the Pew Research Center providing a detailed look at our online experience based on survey research -- you can view the surveys also.
General: More on mirror neuronshttp://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/ observer/2011/july-august-11/reflecting-on-behavior-giacomo-
rizzolatti-takes-us-on-a-tour-of-the-mirror-mechanism.htmlHere's a good overview of what we know about mirror neurons and their relationship to behavior in this article about Giacomo Rizzolatti's talk at the APS convention.
Genes, Gender, & Culture: Dads, daughters, and sportshttp://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-small-talk/ 201107/dads-daughters-and-raising-sports-fan
A very nice essay from subscriber and father Sam Sommers Helping: "The 'haves' show less empathy than 'have-nots'"http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44084236/ns/health-behavior/ t/rich-are-different-not-good-way-studies-suggest/
Helping: "Chimpanzees not as selfish as we thought" http://news.discovery.com/animals/chimps-share-110808.html Often let others take the last slice of pizza Methods: Statistics resources http://www.causeweb.org/resources/CAUSEweb presents lots of good instructional resources for undergraduate statistics including lesson modules, computer and hands-on activities, datasets, analysis tools, and multimedia.
Persuasion: Can grammar affect an election?http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2011/07/ how-simple-point-of-grammar-could.html
"Imagine you encountered the following text: 'Timmy Tucker is a senior politician. Last year Timmy championed human rights, and was fiddling his expenses.' Now compare with this version: 'Timmy Tucker is a senior politician. Last year Timmy was championing human rights, and fiddled his expenses.' How does each version affect your view of Timmy Tucker? New findings from Caitlin Fausey and Teenie Matlock suggest that the first version is more likely to damage Timmy's re-election prospects." Read to find out why.
Prejudice: "The roots of the Islamophobia network in America" http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/pdf/islamophobia.pdfA detailed report from the Center for American Progress on how Islamophobia has been funded and disseminated in America
Prejudice: Elmhurst College first in U.S. to ask prospective students if LGBT
The College is seeking diversity on campus Psychology in the Courtroom: False confessions http://www.economist.com/node/21525840 This brief article reviews some recent research on false confessions.Psychology in the Courtroom: "34 years later, Supreme Court will revisit eyewitness IDs"
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/us/23bar.html An article from The New York Times Technology in Teaching http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/technology.htm Audio Attraction & Relationships: Am I Normal (Sexually)? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012l2yz Interesting, 30-minute episode in BBC radio's Am I Normal series Images Persuasion: Billboards from 1885-1990s http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/oaaaarchives/A collection of over 16,000 billboards from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America organized by product and company -- lots of interesting examples to see.
Prejudice: Tulsa race riot of 1921http://www.utulsa.edu/mcfarlin/speccoll/ collections/RaceRiot/indexphotos.htm
A large collection of postcards and photographs Video Attitudes and Behavior: Inconsistency over "class warfare"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/19/ jon-stewart-rips-fox-news_n_931177.html
Jon Stewart on The Daily Show takes conservatives to task for hypocrisy over class warfare in this amusing video.
Attraction and Relationships: What is french kissing called in France?http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2011/8/14/ good-kissing-video.html
Here's a cute little video montage of kissing accompanied by some facts including the answer to the above question.
Attraction and Relationships: Does spousal conflict impair the immune system?
Video and text describing an interesting study testing this question Gender and Culture/Persuasion: Airbrushed ad banned in UKhttp://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/07/28/ airbrushed.advertisements.ban/index.html
Apparently Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington looked too good in the ad.
Helping: The evolutionary benefits of altruism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shw1gQwBlNM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsFxWSuu_4I Two brief lectures from Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley Persuasion: Robert Cialdini discusses influences on his research http://bigthink.com/ideas/13076 Prejudice: Group biases in primates http://bigthink.com/lauriesantos#!video_idea_id=20710Interesting video of researcher Laurie Santos who discusses outgroup biases in monkeys
Prejudice: "It gets better": Stephen Colberthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/20/ stephen-colbert-it-gets-better-video_n_904970.html
Prejudice: Video collection from UnderstandingPrejudice.org http://www.understandingprejudice.org/multimedia/ A lot of good brief videos organized by topicsPrejudice: Whites in Mississippi seek out and kill first Black person they find
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