Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 16, No. 9

 

 

Date: Wed, 31 May 2017 11:18:47 -0500
From: Jon Mueller <jfmueller@…>
To: socialpsy-teach@…
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 16, No. 9

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

Vol. 16, No. 9

May 31, 2017

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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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Activities and Exercises

Social Judgment:  To err is human (or so I’m told)

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/teaching-current-directions-in-psychological-science-39#err

This blog entry from subscriber David Myers discusses some common errors of judgment we make and how to discuss
them with your students.

Class Assignments

Conflict & Peacemaking/Social Judgment

https://community.macmillan.com/community/the-english-community/bedford-bits/blog/2017/04/27/assignments-in-a-pos
t-fact-world

A small collection of assignments instructors created to teach students to be more receptive to the views of
others, and to be able to distinguish fact from fake news

Examples

Social Judgment: Inattentional/change blindness

http://www.gocomics.com/betty/2017/5/14

A cartoon

Topic Resources

Aggression: “What bullets do to bodies”

http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/gun-violence/

In part, our inhibitions to aggression are lowered because we don’t see the full consequences of violence.  This
article describes the often unknown effects of bullets.

Attraction & Relationships:  Does more sex go with a better relationship?

http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2017/5/3/more-sex-and-happy-relationships-its-automatic.html

It may depend if you ask explicitly or implicitly.

Conflict & Peacemaking:  Us vs. Them and terrorism

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/13/misunderstanding-terrorism-how-the-us-vs-them-mentality-will-never-stop-attacks/

Another good essay on how framing the world as us versus them does not help address terrorism

Conformity: New Milgram replication: 90% of Polish participants willing to deliver highest shock

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/05/05/new-milgram-replication-finds-90-per-cent-of-polish-participants-willing-to-deliver-hi
ghest-shock/

Gender & Culture: The Global Gender Gap Report

http://projects.two-n.com/world-gender/

An annual report from the World Economic Forum — scroll down the page for some very interesting graphics

Gender & Culture: Female Supreme Court Justices interrupted more by their male colleagues

https://community.macmillan.com/community/the-psychology-community/blog/2017/04/27/women-interrupted

I know, hard to believe

General:  Is social psychology research really in that bad of shape?

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/05/25/was-the-crisis-in-social-psychology-really-that-bad-have-things-improved-part-one-the-
researchers-perspective/

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/05/26/is-something-rotten-in-the-state-of-social-psychology-part-two-digging-through-the-pas
t/

This two part essay reviews recent efforts to examine the “crisis” in social psychology and personality research
in terms of failed replications and questionable research practices.  The second link is to part two of this
essay.

Helping: Cruel to be kind

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/making-people-feel-bad-can-be-a-strategy-for-helping-them.html#.WSsSf8m1
tuV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0l3QWUXVho

Recent research suggests that making someone feel negative emotions can be beneficial to them in the long run.
Oh, and the second link is to some classic rock!

Helping: “Pressuring employees to be do-gooders can backfire badly”

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/05/11/pressuring-employees-to-be-do-gooders-can-backfire-badly/

Prejudice: Court in Taiwan rules in favor of same-sex marriage

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/taiwan-marriage-equality_us_59257b16e4b0ec129d3100c7?sg&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Could be first such approval in Asia

Prejudice: Police: Blacks not wanted in suburban U.S.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertsamaha/policing-and-race-in-troy-new-york?utm_term=.ldwDW4BNE#.uae3ArwNj

Buzzfeed reports that “The result is a combustible mix: a white population anxious about its new black
neighbors, and a white police force unprepared and ill-equipped to handle the thickening racial tensions.”

Prejudice: “New study shines light on how to ‘make it better’ for queer youth”

https://thinkprogress.org/new-study-shines-light-on-how-to-make-it-better-for-queer-youth-30ac7f23ddc6

Prejudice: 99% of students handcuffed in school were Black or LatinX

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/99-of-students-handcuffed-in-school-by-nypd-were-black-or-hispanic_us_5913332ae4b0a5829
7e17224?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

By the NYPD

Psychology in the Courtroom:  Best expert witness:  Nerdy or attractive?

http://keenetrial.com/blog/2017/05/31/your-best-bet-for-an-expert-witness-is-a-friendly-nerd-rather-than-an-attractive-pers
on/

Interesting research found across a few studies that “when judging whether a researcher does ‘good science,’
people again preferred scientists who look competent and moral, but also favored less sociable and more
physically unattractive individuals.”

Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment:  An update on lying and lying research

http://keenetrial.com/blog/2017/05/05/lies-lies-and-more-lies-an-update-on-deception-research/

Social Judgment:  Do you have RBF (Resting Bitch Face)?

http://keenetrial.com/blog/2017/05/15/resting-bitch-face-rbf-it-does-not-mean-what-you-often-think-it-means/

The video explains it the best.

Technology in Teaching

Video

Methods:  Research methods

http://notawfulandboring.blogspot.com/2017/05/pew-research-centers-methods-101-video.html

The Pew Research Center is starting a video series on research methods, presumably mostly about survey methods.
See the first video here on sampling techniques.

Persuasion: Rational vs. emotional appeal (1:47)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU

A good example

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How Do You … ?

Ever wonder how your fellow social psych instructors handle a certain topic or issue in their courses? Then send
me your “How Do You..?” question and I will try and post it here. If I get some answers I will post them in the
following issue.

Request Line is Open!

Yes, I take requests; in fact, I encourage them. Are there particular types of resources you would like examples
of? Particular topics you are interested in? Teaching tips? Technology tips? I want to tailor this newsletter to
your needs. So, please feel free to send me your requests, suggestions, comments and resources. Send them
directly to me (jfmueller@…) or by replying to this message.

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30 North Brainard St.
North Central College
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