Date: Wed, 31 May 2017 11:18:47 -0500
From: Jon Mueller <jfmueller@…>
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 16, No. 9
Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter
Vol. 16, No. 9
May 31, 2017
the e-mail newsletter accompanying the
Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at
Activities and Exercises
Social Judgment: To err is human (or so I’m told)
This blog entry from subscriber David Myers discusses some common errors of judgment we make and how to discuss
them with your students.
Conflict & Peacemaking/Social Judgment
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
Social Judgment: Inattentional/change blindness
Aggression: “What bullets do to bodies”
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?
It may depend if you ask explicitly or implicitly.
Conflict & Peacemaking: Us vs. Them and terrorism
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
Gender & Culture: The Global Gender Gap Report
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
I know, hard to believe
General: Is social psychology research really in that bad of shape?
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
Helping: Cruel to be kind
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”
Prejudice: Court in Taiwan rules in favor of same-sex marriage
Could be first such approval in Asia
Prejudice: Police: Blacks not wanted in suburban U.S.
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”
Prejudice: 99% of students handcuffed in school were Black or LatinX
By the NYPD
Psychology in the Courtroom: Best expert witness: Nerdy or attractive?
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
Social Judgment: Do you have RBF (Resting Bitch Face)?
The video explains it the best.
Technology in Teaching
Methods: Research methods
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)
A good example
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