[Educator-Gold] [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 15, No. 11

 

Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:55:46 -0500
From: Jon Mueller <jfmueller@noctrl.edu>
To: socialpsy-teach@lists.noctrl.edu
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 15, No. 11

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

Vol. 15, No. 11

August 24, 2016

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the e-mail newsletter accompanying the
Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at
http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow

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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

https://community.macmillan.com/community/the-psychology-community/blog/2016/08/03/noncompl
ementarity-video-and-activity

“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

https://community.macmillan.com/community/the-psychology-community/blog/2016/07/27/prisoner
s-dilemma-game-show-video-and-activity

Prejudice: “Teaching about psychosocial aspects of disability: Emphasizing
person-environment relations”

http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/dunnarticle.pdf

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
disability.

Examples

Aggression:  Dehumanization

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/police-shootings-victims-care_us_5682cef0e4b06fa6888140
d6?section=

“There’s something disturbing about the ways cops act just after they’ve shot somebody.”

Conflict & Peacemaking: Superordinate goals

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/opinion/sunday/will-sanders-supporters-come-around.html?_
r=1

Applies research on breaking down group lines and finding common external threats to the
Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders rift.

Conformity:  Mass hysteria

https://thinkprogress.org/after-japan-embraces-sensational-anti-vaxxer-report-hpv-vaccinati
on-rates-collapse-ab4a0c0505bb

“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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gofundme-orlando-victims_us_575edf35e4b0e4fe51430c04

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/24/proposed-texas-textbook-says-
some-mexican-americans-wanted-to-destroy-u-s-society/?tid=a_inl

Proposed Texas textbook describes Mexicans Americans as wanting to destroy this society.

Prejudice/Social Judgment: Stereotyping

https://thinkprogress.org/police-officer-body-slams-black-teacher-then-tells-her-black-peop
le-have-more-violent-tendencies-2b3a84bca401

“Police officer body-slams Black teacher, then tells her Black people have more ‘violent
tendencies.”

Social Judgment: Confirmation bias

https://thinkprogress.org/this-anti-feminist-leader-is-very-pleased-with-the-gop-platform-5
18f9dd6fc9c

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.”

Topic Resources

Aggression:  “What to do when the boss is a bully”

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/minds-business/what-to-do-when-the-boss-is-a-bull
y.html

A report on research

Aggression: 6,000 new cases of FGM reported in Great Britain

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nearly-6000-new-cases-of-female-genital-mutilation-in-britain-re
port_us_579241c7e4b0bdddc4d444d1?section=

“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
topic.”

Aggression: Violence awareness and prevention guide

http://www.learnpsychology.org/now/violence/

“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”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/qandeel-baloch-honor-killing_us_578de3b9e4b0c53d5cfac94f?section
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… of his sister, a social media celebrity.

Attraction & Relationships/Conformity: How your brain responds to rejection

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/08/16/after-rejection-your-brain-performs-this-subtle-trick-to-help-y
ou-make-friends/

“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
Republican/Democrat?

http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2016/8/9/the-red-blue-divide-politics-in-your-relationshi
ps.html

Interesting research

Attraction & Relationships:  How to please people in seven easy comics

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-people-pleasers-guide-to-pleasing-people_us_57b23d33e4b0b649
13a9c802?section=&

Conflict & Peacemaking: Is cooperation more likely after more or less deliberation?

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/minds-business/cooperation-fast-and-slow.html

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
cooperative.

Gender & Culture: The story of Olympian Castor Semenya

https://thinkprogress.org/caster-semenya-rio-olympics-intersex-9c5ffe659946

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
finds”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/women-sexualized-video-games-study_us_579b61cde4b08a8e8b5da7cd?s
ection=

Gender & Culture: “In 1995, Walmart thought the phrase ‘Someday a woman will be
president’ was offensive”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/1995-walmart-woman-president-offensive_us_5798b1cbe4b0d3568f853f
9e?section=

Helping:  A pair of eyes watching you does not increase your generosity

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/08/09/two-meta-analyses-find-no-evidence-that-big-brother-eyes-boost-
generosity/

According to a couple new meta-analyses

Persuasion: “‘Typical-looking faces’ are seen as more trustworthy”

http://keenetrial.com/blog/2016/08/02/typical-looking-faces-are-seen-as-more-trustworthy/

Persuasion: “The scary power of mere repetition”

http://www.talkpsych.com/talk-psych-blog/2016/7/25/the-scary-power-of-mere-repetition

Prejudice:  Pokemoning while Black

http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/2016/08/pok%C3%A9moning-while-black.html

Interesting blog entry on some of the differences for minorities playing Pokemon Go

Prejudice: Trump unleashes White resentment for threat to identity

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/us/politics/donald-trump-white-identity.html

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

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/racism-not-problem.html

Prejudice: “The real reason White people say ‘All lives matter'”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-halstead/dear-fellow-white-people-_b_11109842.html

A good essay on the topic

Psychology in the Courtroom: Slow-motion video increases jurors’ belief that an act is
intentional

http://keenetrial.com/blog/2016/08/17/slow-motion-videos-and-juror-perception-of-time-for-intentiona
l-acts/

Fascinating and scary research

Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment: “The detectives who never forget a face”

http://tinyurl.com/hnq2b2q

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”

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/08/10/more-analytical-less-intuitive-people-are-better-at-em
pathy/

Technology in Teaching

Audio

Social Judgment: “Choosing wrong”

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/590/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

Video

Gender & Culture: 11 Ted Talks by brilliant women in STEM

https://www.ted.com/playlists/253/11_ted_talks_by_brilliant_wome

Gender & Culture:  Helen Mirren’s sexist interview in 1975 (7:30 and 7:33)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmlP_cFOoAM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRVuqjbrj4k

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)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trans-men-male-privilege_us_57b75597e4b00d9c3a179528?section=&

Prejudice: Transgender woman discusses the bathroom issue (1:00)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNwVrWGQneg

Prejudice: “We only tip citizens” (6:13)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/we-only-tip-citziens-receipt_us_57b62796e4b03d5136875a22?section
=&

That was written on a waitress’ receipt.

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