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PSY 301 Week 1 DQ1

Social Psychology

Discuss the history of social psychology and describe the critical role this field of study has played in helping us to understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals throughout its evolution. Which key research developments have helped to define social psychology and differentiate it from other fields of study? What theoretical constructs are inherent in social psychology principles?
   
Assess the role of ethics in behavioral research. What are some of the ethical dilemmas that researchers face? In  your response, provide at least one example of an ethical violation that occurred in a human research study    and describe the methodology used (e.g., observational, correlational, experimental). What changes could have    been made to improve the ethical nature of the research?
 

Include at least one reference in your post that is properly cited according to APA format.  Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 1 DQ2

The Acting Self

As Feenstra (2011) states in your textbook:
“Social psychologists are interested in who we are. Our sense of self is affected by what we know about the self and by the people around us. The self is a powerful force. The self affects how we feel, what we think we can do, and what we in fact do.” (pg. 32).

Expanding on the quotation above, describe how individuals develop a self-concept and self-schema.  Discuss the cultural, social, and environmental influences on that development. In what ways does our sense of self determine how we think about others and how we interact with individuals and groups of people? What is the significance of the acting self? In your response, be sure to address at least three of the key concepts presented in Table 2.2 of the reading.

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts

PSY 301 Week 2 DQ1

Attitude and Behavior

Reflect on the relationship between personal attitudes and resulting behaviors, using the Theory of Planned Behavior, Cognitive Dissonance Theory, and Self-Perception Theory as your references.  If someone has a negative attitude toward a particular individual or group, for example, what are the potential implications of their behavior toward that individual or group? How do implicit and explicit attitudes differ?

Go to the Project Implicit website and take the Implicit Association Test (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/).  Choose any test within the demonstration category.  After retrieving the results of your test, share them with your classmates and consider their accuracy. Were you surprised by your results? Do they accurately portray your attitude toward the group? Do you think these types of tests are reliable in measuring prejudice? Please explain your answer.
 

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 2 DQ2

Attributions

Examine the role of attributions in our social world. What are attributions, and how do we use them in our daily lives? Discuss the differences between internal and external attributions and describe the fundamental attribution error.  For example, what would be the explanatory style of a person who makes internal, stable, and global attributions for positive things and external, unstable, and specific attributions for negative things? Also consider the individual who does the opposite; what does this behavior tell us about the person?

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 3 DQ1

Persuasion Techniques

Table 8.1 in your textbook highlights various techniques used in persuasive messaging, including foot-in-the door, low-ball, door-in-the face, reciprocity, etc.  After examining all the techniques, choose three to address in your discussion. For each of the three, describe the processes involved, and explain why such techniques are successful in persuading certain audiences, but are likely to fail with others. In addition, examine the overall resistance to persuasion. Although they may be undesirable, are we more vulnerable to these messages than we think?

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 3 DQ2

Obedience and Conformity

By most definitions, if we are persuaded by an individual, we are said to be obedient to that individual. If we are persuaded by a group, we are said to have conformed to that group’s objectives. Compare and contrast the core differences between these two concepts. In what ways do group and individual persuasion techniques differ? As social beings, why are we naturally prone to conformity and obedience?

For this discussion, please review Solomon Asch’s (1958) study of conformity. The results of this study, demonstrate how many of the individual participants conformed to the group despite the fact that the group was clearly wrong, and the individuals were clearly right. In addition, watch the video on the ABC New Primetime: Milgram Experiment Update video.  Through this experiment we observe how perceptions of authority directly influence obedience. For example, even when the action ordered by the authority figure caused physical harm, the participants were still obedient. What are some explanations for this type of behavior? Can you think of an example of when you disregarded your own desires or values for the sake of obedience or conformity?

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 4 DQ1

Altruism and Prosocial Behavior

Examine the concept of altruism and altruistic behavior. What does it mean for someone to behave altruistically? What is gained from this action, and how does it differ from egoistic behavior? What are some reasons why people would want to help one another, without regard for personal gain or benefit?  In addition, explain the bystander effect.  If we all have a genuine desire to help one another, why is the effect so common?  How can we prevent it from occurring? 

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

 

PSY 301 Week 4 DQ2

Aggression

Although we label some behaviors as aggressive, we also neglect a multitude of other actions that qualify as aggressive behaviors. As mentioned in your textbook, what matters is the intent of the action, not necessarily the action itself. 

Describe the various origins of aggressive behavior, and discuss the gender differences in how aggression is developed and presented. Additionally, describe the aggression cues that we encounter in our social world through the media, the presence of weapons, alcohol and drug consumption, the environment, etc. How do these cues influence our capacity to behave in an aggressive manner?

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 5 DQ1

Groupthink

Watch the Groupthink video, and explain why the concept of groupthink does not necessarily have a positive connotation. Describe what groupthink refers to, and discuss the conditions that must be present in order for this process to occur. What are the characteristics of groupthink, and what are the potential consequences of the group’s decision making process? Your textbook provides a few historical examples of when groupthink led our country in the wrong direction. Can you offer a current example of this, perhaps from the perspective of pop culture? Include at least one scholarly reference in your post that is cited according to APA guidelines.

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 5 DQ2

Social Dilemmas

Three social dilemmas are presented in Chapter 15 of your textbook: tragedy of the commons or the commons dilemma, resource dilemma, and prisoner’s dilemma. Choose two of the three concepts and explain how each is related to social problems within a specific culture. How did these problems originate, and what can we do to improve or eliminate them? What recommendations do you have? Please provide a minimum of two recommendations. 

Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

PSY 301 Week 2 Assignment Prejudice, Stereotypes, and Discrimination

Prejudice, Stereotypes, and Discrimination

In many cases, prejudice stems from the unknown. As individuals, we tend to migrate toward those who may look like us, act like us, and think like us. As a result, it may be difficult for us to open our minds and embrace those whose values, beliefs, and overall sense of self differ from our own.
 
   
For this assignment, compose a paper that is three to four pages in length.  In your paper, discuss the impacts of prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination in the context of social psychology. 
Be sure to address the following points:  

1. Define and describe the following terms: prejudice, stereotype, discrimination, and ingroup vs. outgroup. Based on your own experiences in the social world, can you relate to any of these terms? Do you identify with a particular term? Why or why not?

2. Examine the social, cognitive, and societal origins of prejudice and stereotypes. Be sure to include specific information regarding categorization, such as ingroup favoritism and the outgroup homogeneity effect, norms, competition for resources, and social inequalities. Of the categories presented, which do you think are the most significant in our society and in your particular community?  

3. Analyze the influences that promote stereotyping, and offer strategies to reduce prejudice. What are the consequences of stereotyping and discrimination? Who does this behavior hurt, and in what ways does it hurt them? Are we inadvertently creating self-fulfilling prophecies in our society? If so, how can we take steps to improve attitudes, judgments, and behaviors?

Your paper must include an introduction, a thesis statement, and a conclusion. Your completed assignment should be three to four pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), include a minimum of three references, and follow APA guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.



Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. 

PSY 301 Week 3 Assignment Persuasion Who, What, To Whom

Persuasion: Who, What, To Whom

In your textbook, Feenstra (2011) states, “As we explore persuasion, we can divide the persuasive communication into three parts: the communicator, the message, and the audience.” (p. 88).

For your assignment this week, construct a paper that provides an in-depth analysis of the three parts of persuasion.
Address the following points in your paper:  

1. Who – Describe the Characteristics of the Persuader: What influences our ability to become persuaded by someone? What specific characteristics must this person possess? Be sure to address the impact of credibility, physical attractiveness, and likeability in your response. Why do we respond well to those who possess such characteristics? Would we respond the same to an unattractive, angry, or non-credible person? Why not?

2. What – Discuss the Characteristics of the Message: What attributes are inherent in persuasive messages? How are we influenced by the emotion, framing, narratives, and rational appeals in the messaging we receive? What is the significance of the sleeper effect?
 

3. To Whom – Examine the Characteristics of the Audience: Why do different audiences perceive messages in different ways? What is the role of culture, gender, and self-esteem in this process? How does the elaboration likelihood model help to explain the relationship between the persuader, the message, and the audience?

4. Review the excerpt from p. 97 of your textbook, Social Psychology in Depth: Word of Mouth and Persuasion. How does the e-word of mouth phenomena illustrate the concepts above? Please be specific in your response.
 

Include an introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion. Your completed assignment must be three to four pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and must follow APA guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Include a minimum of three APA references.
 



Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. 

 

PSY 301 Week 4 Assignment Power of Love and Relationships

Power of Love and Relationships

For this assignment, please address each of the items below:

1. Describe the factors of attraction. What attracts us to one another? Why are we less likely to befriend someone from another culture than someone from a similar background with a similar physical aesthetic? Be sure to identify and describe all six factors in attraction.

2. Discuss the human need to build bonds and relationships. Do we have an innate need to belong? If so, why? How is this need attached to our emotions, our social bonds, and our fear of deprivation?
 

3. Explain the three types of love: companionate, passionate, and compassionate.  What are the differences and similarities among them? What is an example of each type? How does Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love distinguish romantic love, from empty love or infatuation? Please thoroughly address each of the components in Figure 14.1.
 

Include an introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion. Your completed assignment must be three to four pages in length (excluding title and reference pages).  It must include a minimum of two to three references, formatted according to APA guidelines, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
 
 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. 

PSY 301 Week 5 Assignment Social Psychology Bringing It All Together

Social Psychology: Bringing It All Together


According to Feenstra (2011):
“Social psychologists investigate how we view ourselves and others, how we interact with others, how we influence others, and how we act when we are part of a group. Given the amount of time each of us spends thinking about and interacting with the people we encounter every day, much of our lives are spent with the subject matter of social psychology.”(p.22)

This is a formal research paper and must be eight to ten pages in length.  Imagine that this paper will be used as a reference for individuals who are completely unfamiliar with social psychology principles.  This paper will provide them with an overview of the field, and explain the key principles associated with its practice.

Include the following components in your research paper:

  1.  Discovering the Self – How do we perceive ourselves and our interactions with others?

  a.  Self-concept, awareness, and self-schemas
  b.  The acting self
  c.  Self-esteem and self-efficacy

  2.  Thinking About Others – What judgments do we make about other people?

  a.  Attributions: internal, external, explanatory style
  b.  Attitudes and behavior
  c.  Prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination

  3.  Influencing Others: Persuasion – How do we use the power of persuasion?

  a.  Persuasion techniques
  b.  Characteristics of the persuader, message, audience

  4.  Influencing Others: Obedience and Conformity – What factors lead us to conform and become obedient?

  a.  Aggressive behavior and aggression cues
  b.  Prosocial behavior
  c.  Relationship building, love, and attraction

  5.  Group Dynamics – What are elements of a group?

  a.  Types of groups
  b.  Consequences of Groupthink
  c.  Social dilemmas

After addressing the components above, reflect on the future of social psychology. Given the immense changes that our society is experiencing (both nationally and internationally), what do you predict will occur in the field of social psychology? What ground-breaking new research do you anticipate?

The Final Paper must be eight to ten pages in length (excluding the title page, reference page, and any appendices) and it must follow APA format, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.  The Final Paper will demonstrate accomplishment of course learning outcomes through critical analysis of theory and research.


Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

1.  Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title page, reference page, and any appendices) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved style guide.

2.  Must include a cover page with the following:
  a.  Title of paper
  b.  Student’s name
  c.  Course name and number
  d.  Instructor’s name
  e.  Date submitted

3.  Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.

4.  Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

5.  Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a concluding paragraph.

6.  Must use APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center to document sources for all facts that are not common knowledge.

7.  Must include at least five references listed in APA format.

8.  Must include a reference list completed according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.



Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. 

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