From: Jon Mueller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 15, No. 11
Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter
Vol. 15, No. 11
August 24, 2016
the e-mail newsletter accompanying the
Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at
This issue completes 15 years of the Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter. Wow. I wasn’t even born
when it started. Thanks for reading. I will be sending out a very brief survey soon asking for a
little feedback. I hope you will take a minute to complete it.
Activities and Exercises
Conflict & Peacemaking: Responding to conflict with kindness
“When people act hostile towards us we tend to act hostile in return. . . . But what
happens when we engage in noncomplementarity (or noncomplementary behavior); what happens when we
don’t match the tone coming at us?”
Conflict & Peacemaking: Prisoner’s Dilemma
Prejudice: “Teaching about psychosocial aspects of disability: Emphasizing
This is an excellent article by Dana Dunn in Teaching of Psychology that describes a variety
of topics to consider when teaching about disability, and discusses the value of teaching about
“There’s something disturbing about the ways cops act just after they’ve shot somebody.”
Conflict & Peacemaking: Superordinate goals
Applies research on breaking down group lines and finding common external threats to the
Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders rift.
Conformity: Mass hysteria
“After Japan embraces ‘sensational’ anti-vaxxer report, HPV vaccination rates collapse.”
Helping: We donate more when fatalities are high but not when # of survivors is high
Donations to the Orlando shooting victims and families has been quite large. As recent
research has found, people donate more money when there is a high number of deaths, even though we
should be donating more when there is a
large number of survivors who really need the help.
Prejudice: Institutional racism
Proposed Texas textbook describes Mexicans Americans as wanting to destroy this society.
Prejudice/Social Judgment: Stereotyping
“Police officer body-slams Black teacher, then tells her Black people have more ‘violent
Social Judgment: Confirmation bias
I love this quote from the article: “Our greatest presidents have all been men.” Or as my
daughter recently said, “Humans are the only animal that have a word for anxiety.”
Aggression: “What to do when the boss is a bully”
A report on research
Aggression: 6,000 new cases of FGM reported in Great Britain
“A law passed last year requires professionals in England and Wales to report cases of
FGM, which helped pave the way for the first-ever survey of medical professionals on the
Aggression: Violence awareness and prevention guide
“The following guide identifies different forms of violence, offers information on how to
recognize abuse, and provides resources to help victims find support services.”
Aggression: “Pakistan bars family from ‘forgiving’ son for honor killing”
… of his sister, a social media celebrity.
Attraction & Relationships/Conformity: How your brain responds to rejection
“Immediately after we’ve been shunned, a new study shows our brains engage a subtle
mechanism that alters our sense of whether other people are making eye contact with us,
so that we think it is more likely that they are looking our way.”
Attraction & Relationships: Would you be happy/unhappy if a family member married a
Attraction & Relationships: How to please people in seven easy comics
Conflict & Peacemaking: Is cooperation more likely after more or less deliberation?
Research says… “making decisions based on intuition significantly increased rates of
cooperation, but only under circumstances where self-interest was always the best option.
When people had time to has out all the details in these situations, they were far less
Gender & Culture: The story of Olympian Castor Semenya
The fluidity of gender orientation is illustrated well in the obstacles and responses
Semenya has had to deal with as a reportedly intersex individual.
Gender & Culture: “Leading women are becoming less sexualized in video games, study
Gender & Culture: “In 1995, Walmart thought the phrase ‘Someday a woman will be
president’ was offensive”
Helping: A pair of eyes watching you does not increase your generosity
According to a couple new meta-analyses
Persuasion: “‘Typical-looking faces’ are seen as more trustworthy”
Persuasion: “The scary power of mere repetition”
Prejudice: Pokemoning while Black
Interesting blog entry on some of the differences for minorities playing Pokemon Go
Prejudice: Trump unleashes White resentment for threat to identity
Symbolic threat can often be more powerful than realistic threat.
Prejudice: 43% of U.S. Blacks don’t believe we will ever have racial equality
Prejudice: “The real reason White people say ‘All lives matter'”
A good essay on the topic
Psychology in the Courtroom: Slow-motion video increases jurors’ belief that an act is
Fascinating and scary research
Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment: “The detectives who never forget a face”
Fascinating article about a special unit of “super-recognizers” in the London police force
Social Judgment: “More analytical, less intuitive people are better at empathy”
Technology in Teaching
Social Judgment: “Choosing wrong”
A podcast from This American Life addressing why we often make wrong decisions when the
right one is staring us in the face
Gender & Culture: 11 Ted Talks by brilliant women in STEM
Gender & Culture: Helen Mirren’s sexist interview in 1975 (7:30 and 7:33)
If you know the actress Helen Mirren I think you will find this interview fascinating.
The first link is to Part 1 and the second link is to Part 2 of the interview.
Gender & Culture: “Trans men open up about their experiences with male privilege” (3:27)
Prejudice: Transgender woman discusses the bathroom issue (1:00)
Prejudice: “We only tip citizens” (6:13)
That was written on a waitress’ receipt.
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