Psychology 205

Social Psychology

(online)

Summer, 2020

Professor Frank McAndrew

phone: 309-368-2696

email: fmcandre@knox.edu

Virtual Office Hours:
I will be available most weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m (Central Time). During these times I will be reachable by phone and I will reply quickly to email. 
 
I will of course respond to emails sent at other times, but I will reply immediately during my office hours.  I will also be glad to schedule one-on-one video conferences or phone conversations with you - just send me an email and we will set something up.
 
PLEASE GET IN THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR EMAIL DAILY! - This is the primary way in which I will communicate with you. PLEASE DO NOT TEXT ME; use email or make a telephone call if you wish to contact me.
The Textbook:
Social Psychology (13th edition) by David G. Myers & Jean M. Twenge
(ISBN: 978-1-260-39711-6 (regular student edition); 978-1-259-91104-0 (loose leaf edition)
Using the 11th or 12th edition of this book is also acceptable.
How the Online Format will Operate
The class will be run as an "asynchronous" class. This means that the class never has to be together online at the same time. The class is too large and the students too scattered around the world for that to work. Beside that, there is no scheduled time slot for this summer course. So, each of you will be free to engage with the material at your convenience, although there will be firm due dates when written work is due and clear time windows during which quizzes must be taken.
You have already completed some work for this class with me and with Professor Arnold during the spring term. This summer, we will explore four new topics (one chapter per topic) in social psychology.  Plan on spending about six days on each of the chapters. For each chapter there will be assigned reading from the textbook, Powerpoint (PPT) slides narrated by me, some video clips, and a quiz. Some of the chapters will also have a small written assignment associated with them. 
 
PLEASE NOTE that Chapter 12 and Chapter 11 appear on this web page, but you will NOT be covering those chapters this summer. We already covered these chapters in the spring, but I wanted to keep them on the web page with the new chapters as a way of helping to build a complete online social psychology class in the event that I will need to teach one again in the future.
THE CHAPTERS WE WILL COVER THIS SUMMER (in order) ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Chapter 6 - Conformity & Obedience
Chapter 8 - Group Influence
Chapter 9 - Prejudice
Chapter 10 - Aggression
LINKS TO THE MATERIALS FOR EACH OF THE CHAPTERS CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
Grading
Your grade will be based upon the average percentage of four quizzes (one for each chapter) and two brief written assignments. The average of your grade on those two assignments will carry the same weight as one quiz, so there will be five different scores calculated into the average for the final grade.
 
Here are the grade cutoffs:  A = 93%; A- = 90%; B+ = 88%; B = 83%; B- = 80%; C+ = 78%; C = 73%; C- = 70%; D+ = 68%; D = 63%; D- = 60%; F < 60%.
The Quizzes
At the end of each chapter, I will email a link that will allow you to access an online quiz. Each quiz will be available for a specific period of time (usually a few days). ALL of the quizzes will be multiple choice, and they will be fairly short - usually ranging between 20 and 35 questions.
 
YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE YOUR TEXTBOOK AND NOTES DURING THE QUIZ. 
 
I recognize that it would be extremely difficult to stop cheating if I require a closed-book exam, and this would not be fair to the honest students who play by the rules. Having said this, your textbook and notes are the ONLY resources that are allowed. You cannot use any other electronic devices nor can you communicate or collaborate with other students while you are taking a quiz. The quiz will be timed, so you will not have unlimited time to complete it. This means that you will need to be organized when you open up the quiz. Most of the questions will not be something that you can simply look up, so do not expect to be successful if you have not studied well ahead of time. I strongly recommend that you study for the quizzes as if they were not open-book.  You will receive instant feedback after the quiz regarding your score and what the correct answers were for the questions you got wrong.
Once you begin the quiz, you must complete it. You will not be able to leave the quiz and come back at a later time to finish it.
The quizzes will be based primarily on the textbook, but it will be fair game for me to include some questions from my narrated PPT slides on information that may not be in the textbook.
The Written Assignments
This class is one of the lower level psychology courses that students typically take shortly after taking Psyc 100. One of the things I wish to do as we step up a level in the curriculum is to give you more of a picture of how the psychology world works.
 
The written projects will acquaint you with the way in which social psychologists conduct research and communicate their results to each other.  Journal articles are the primary way in which psychologists share the results of their research with each other, and as you progress into higher level psychology courses, you will spend more time learning about research through these primary sources.  Scientific journal articles are difficult to read if you have not encountered them before, and it is the goal of the written assignments in this class to get you acquainted with this type of reading and to give you practice with interpreting journal articles. 
 
There will be no written assignments for Chapters 6 & 8, but there will be an assignment in Chapters 9 & 10.  In each assignment, you will read about a social psychology experiment in an article published in a professional psychology journal.   You will answer a series of short questions about each article and summarize the “take-home message” from the article in one clear sentence written in everyday language.  The instructions for the assignments and the articles that you will be reading can be downloaded from this web page.  Each assignment will be worth TEN POINTS toward your final grade in the course.
Participation in Psychological Research (extra credit opportunity)
Given the highly unusual situation that this is a Knox College summer class, there probably will not be enough research going on tp promise you any extra credit for being involved in a study. However, if such opportunities arise, I will forward a link to studies for you to participate in.
THE CHAPTERS
(Click on the links below to access the materials for each module)
CHAPTER 12: HELPING
NOT COVERING THIS ONE IN SUMMER 2020!
POWERPOINT SLIDES FOR CHAPTER 12
Altruism: The Intervention Process (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Altruism: the Bystander Effect (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
A VIDEO CLIP FOR THIS CHAPTER

—The Bystander Effect

CHAPTER 11: Attraction & Intimacy
NOT COVERING THIS ONE IN SUMMER 2020!
POWERPOINT SLIDES FOR CHAPTER 11
Attachment Styles (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Social Exchange Theory (The Reward Theory of Attraction)
& Sex Differences in Mate Preferences (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Some Factors That Lead to Attraction & Liking (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
The Importance of Physical Attractiveness (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
How is "Liking" Different from "Loving," & are there Different Types of Love? (PPT) (Click HERE for the video version)
VIDEO CLIPS FOR THIS CHAPTER

The Strange Situation
(Measuring Attachment Style in Infants)
Pairing Up: The Matching Phenomenon in Action
(This is also relevant to the Reward Theory of Attraction)

Download THE INSTRUCTIONS for completing the journal article assignment on "Fertile & Selectively Flirty""

CHAPTER 6 - Conformity & Obedience
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POWERPOINT SLIDES FOR CHAPTER 6
The Study of Conformity (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Milgram's Obedience Studies (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
VIDEO CLIPS FOR CHAPTER 6

—Hilarious Conformity Demonstration

(From the very old "Candid Camera" TV show)

Another Fun Conformity Demonstration

The Asch Conformity Studies

—Milgram's Obedience Experiments

(This is the long version)

Milgram's Obedience Studies

(This is the short version)

CHAPTER 8 - Group Influence
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POWERPOINT SLIDES FOR CHAPTER 8
The Nature of Groups (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Group Effects on the Individual (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Individual vs. Group Decision Making (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Leadership (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
VIDEO CLIPS FOR CHAPTER 8
Groupthink 
(Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster)
Social Loafing
Deindividuation
Fiedler's Contingency Model of Leadership
Group Polarization
CHAPTER 9 - Prejudice
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POWERPOINT SLIDES FOR CHAPTER 9
Stereotyping & Prejudice (PPT)
(The PPT for this topic is not uploaded, so Click HERE to view the video version)
Factors that Contribute to Prejudice (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
VIDEO CLIPS FOR CHAPTER 9
A Class Divided
(a classic documentary on prejudice)
 
Skinheads from Maine
(a spoof of stereotyping & prejudice)
Gender Stereotyping from the TV Show "Friends"
A Fun Cartoon about Gender Roles
Dr. Claude Steele Discusses "Stereotype Threat"
Download THE INSTRUCTIONS for completing the journal article assignment on "The Minority Spotlight Effect"
Download the assigned reading on "The Minority Spotlight Effect"
CHAPTER 10 - Aggression
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POWERPOINT SLIDES FOR CHAPTER 10
Types of Aggression & its Situational Causes (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Aggression:
The Frustration-Aggression Hypothesis & Freudian Theory (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Aggression:
Social Learning Theory (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Aggression:
Evolutionary Psychology & Sex Differences in Human Aggression (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
"Cultures of Honor" and Aggression (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
Family Violence (PPT)
(Click HERE for the video version)
VIDEO CLIPS FOR CHAPTER 10
Each of the following clips depict examples of the "Young Male Syndrome" in operation
 
Young Male Syndrome Video Clip #1
Young Male Syndrome Video Clip #2
Young Male Syndrome Video Clip #3
Young Male Syndrome Video Clip #4
Download THE INSTRUCTIONS for completing the journal article assignment on "Guns Automatically Prime Aggressive Thoughts"
Download the assigned reading on
"Guns Automatically Prime Aggressive Thoughts"
Download the assigned reading on "Fertile & Selectively Flirty"

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