[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 17, No. 9







Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 15:05:35 +0000
From: Jon F Mueller <jfmueller@…>
To: “socialpsy-teach@…” <socialpsy-teach@…>
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 17, No. 9

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 9

May 30, 2018

the e-mail newsletter accompanying the
Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at

Activities and Exercises


Prejudice: Meta-analysis finds no change in racial discrimination in hiring over time



The first link is to the article; the second link is to an online summary about it.

Class Assignments

General:  “The benefits of using ungraded review quizzes in face-to-face courses”



Prejudice: Dehumanization

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/05/18/why-it-matters-when-the-pr esident-calls-people-even-violent-gang-members-animals/?utm_term=.0d018106ab1a

An article on why it matters when President Trump calls people “animals”

Topic Resources

Attraction & Relationships:  Love and marriage

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/topics/romantic-relationships?aps_source=homepage&aps_ medium=hero&aps_campaign=internal

A number of good articles from APS on the topic

Attraction & Relationships:  Funny tweets about living with a spouse


Attraction & Relationships:  It’s a small world

http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/2018/05/small-worlds-degrees-of-separation-and-social- network-analysis.html

No, I’m not going to start singing.  But I would recommend this essay about our social networks, and how technology has affected them.

Attraction & Relationships:  Are women more attracted to dominant men when fertile?

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/04/30/new-findings-challenge-the-idea-that-women-are-more-at tracted-to-dominant-men-when-in-the-fertile-phase-of-their-ovulatory-cycle/

New research brings this accepted finding into question.

Attraction & Relationships/Helping:  High heels, attraction, and helping


Men are more attracted to and more likely to help women the higher their heels.

Conflict & Peacemaking:  Behind the scenes of the Robbers Cave study

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/16/a-real-life-lord-of-the-flies-the-troubling -legacy-of-the-robbers-cave-experiment?CMP=fb_gu

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this story, but it provides an interesting look into some unknown details of the famous Sherif study at the Robbers Cave summer camp.

Gender & Culture:  A variety of reflections on how culture shapes thought


Good blog entries from subscriber Larry White

Gender & Culture:  Are facial expressions emotional messages or attempts to socially influence?

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/05/02/a-radical-new-theory-proposes-that-facial-expressions- are-not-emotional-displays-but-tools-for-social-influence/

New theory offers a different view on the function of our facial expressions.

General:  What have 23 studies about #thedress taught us?

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/05/16/three-years-of-research-into-thedress-digested-a-lesso n-in-humility-for-perceptual-science/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Not really social psych, but still interesting

Persuasion:  France sees 1 million smokers quit in a year


The article briefly mentions a number of efforts to reduce smoking.

Prejudice:  Will Starbucks racial bias training help?


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/companies-like-starbucks-love-anti-bias-training-but-it-d oesn%E2%80%99t-work-%E2%80%94-and-may-backfire/ar-AAw3DlD?srcref=rss

That is happening across all Starbucks stores on Tuesday, May 29.  The second link is to another analysis of the effectiveness of such training.

Prejudice:  Unequal application of the law


A story in the New York Times about how Blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to face marijuana changes in New York City

Prejudice: “4 men charged with hate crimes in beating of gay couple”

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hate-crimes-beating-gay-couple_us_5af753b2e4b032b10bfb 44f3

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gay-couple-stabbed-while-holding-hands-outside-denver- nightclub_us_5b0d5c19e4b0fdb2aa56f74a

Sexual orientation is often an invisible or concealable characteristic of people, but not if they hold hands in public.  The second link is to another recent example.

Prejudice: “More Americans than ever support same-sex marriage”


That’s a remarkable increase of 40 percentage points from just 1996.  It’s interesting in class to discuss the factors that have led to such a dramatic change.

Prejudice: Islamophobia ingrained in U.S. legal system long before 9/11


An interview with the author of American Islamophobia

Social Judgment:  How to reduce bias in hiring


This article describes some interesting research on the topic.



Attraction & Relationships: “Swiping me off my feet on Tinder”

http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2018/5/24/swiping-me-off-my-feet-on-tinder-relat ionship-matters-podcas.html

A podcast from Science of Relationships

Conformity/Social Judgment:  Why people back away from successful strategies


An interesting podcast from Malcolm Gladwell on why NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain stopped shooting free throws underhand after two seasons even though his free throw percentage was significantly improved with this technique.

General: Podcasts

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uvr2v6p3vhbwjnr/Podcasts%20and%20Introduction%20to%20Psychology.d ocx?dl=0

This document lists a number of regular psychology podcasts that includes social psych ones.


Prejudice:  Face tattoos


A comedian with face tattoos discusses stereotypes he encounters.

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[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 17, No. 9

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