~ Advanced Social Psychology ~
(SOP 6069)

Instructor: Dr. Stephen J. Vodanovich

Office: Building 41, Room 220; Phone: 474-2944. E-mail: stevevodanovich@uwf.edu

Required text:

Plus the required outside readings specified below.


Student Learning Objectives


Students will be able to:

1) Describe the historical and current trends, as well as important figures, in the field of social psychology.

2) Discuss the implications of social psychological research and theories for individuals and society.

3) Assess the strengths, weaknesses, and ethics of the various research designs employed in the field.

4) Explain the empirical findings within the context of social psychological theories.

5) Summarize the content and implications of original articles within the major areas of social psychology.


Helpful Social Psychology-Related Web Sites:

Social Psychology Network
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Society for Experimental Social Psychology
European Association of Experimental Social Psychology
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues


Approximate Timeline







Elms, A. (1995).  Obedience in retrospect.  Journal of Social Issues, 51, 21-31.  Get article.

Lutsky, N. (1995).  When is "obedience" obedience?  Conceptual and historical commentary.  Journal of Social Issues, 51, 55-65.  Get article.

Burger, J. M. (2009).  Replicating Milgram: Would people still obey today?  American Psychologist, 64, 1-11. Get article.

Obedience Slides




Martin Luther King Day (No Class)






Stacey Bass (Ethical)

Jullian Sise (Not Ethical)


Baumrind, D. (1964). Some thoughts on ethics of research: After reading Milgram's "Behavioral study of obedience." American Psychologist, 19, 421-423.  Get article.

Milgram, S. (1964). Issues in the study of obedience: A reply to Baumrind. American Psychologist, 19, 848-852.  Get article.

APA Ethical Principles of Psycholgists & Code of Conduct (Sec. 8, Research)

Obedience Ethics Slides


Prison Environment


Katherine Guterman (Pro Zombardo position)

Stuart Hibyan (Aganist Zimbardo position)

Haney, C., & Zimbardo, P.  (1998).  The past and present future of U.S. prison policy: Twenty-five years after the stanford prison expperiment.  American Psychologist, 53, 709-727.  Get article.

Zimbardo Prison Study Web Site

Lykken, D. T. (2000).  Psychology and the criminal justice system: A reply to Haney and Zimbardo.  The General Psychologist, 35, 11-15. Get article.


Prison Environment Slides





Bond, R., & Smith, P. B. (1996). Culture and conformity: A meta-analysis of studies using Asch's (1952b, 1956) line judgment task.  Psychological Bulletin, 119, 111-137. Get article.

Chartrand, T. L., & Bargh, J. A. (1999).  The chameleon effect: The perception-behavior link and social interaction.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 893-910. Get article.

Clark, R. D. (2001).  Effects of majority defection and multiple minority sources on minority influence.  Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 5, 57-62. Get article.

Conformity Slides


Role of Positive "Illusions"


Katina Hardee & Lindsey Peacher (Positive illusions are good)

Kelly Manning & Donald Powell (Positive illusions are bad)


Taylor, S. E., & Brown, J. D. (1988).  Illusion and well-being: A social psychological perspective on mental health. Psychological Bulletin, 103, 193-210.  Get article.

Colvin, C. R., Block, J., & Funder, D. D. (1995).  Overly positive self-evaluations and personality: Negative implications for mental health.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 68, 1152-1162. Get article

Positive Illusions Slides


Perceiving Ourselves and Others


Storms, M. D. (1973). Videotape and the attribution process: Reversing actors' and observers' points of view.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 27, 165-175.   Get article.

Do others judge us as harshly as we think?: Overestimating the impact of our failures, shortcomings, and mishaps.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 44-56.  Get article.

Actor-Observer Slides


Counterfactual Thinking


Roese, N. J. (1997).  Counterfactual thinking.  Psychological Bulletin, 121, 133-148.  Get article.

Tykoocinski. O. E., Pittman, T. S., & Tuttle. E. E. (1995).  Inaction inertia: Foregoing future benefits as a result of a initial failure to act.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 68, 793-803. Get article.

Counterfactual Thinking Slides


Self-handicapping & Overjustification


Berglas, S., & Jones, E. E. (1978). Drug choice as a self-handicapping strategy in response to noncontingent success. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 36, 405-417. Get article.

Lepper, M. R., Greene, D., & Nisbett, R. E. (1973). Undermining children's intrinsic interest with external rewards: A test of the overjustification hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 607-616.  Get article.

Self-Determination Theory Web Site

Self-Handicapping Slides


Thought Suppression


Wenzlaff, R. M., Wegner, D. M., & Roper, D. W. (1988). Depression and mental control: The resurgence of negative thoughts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 55, 882-892.  Get article.

Najmi, S., Wegner, D. M., & Nock, M. K. (2007). Thought suppression and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 1957-1965.  Get article.

Roese. N., & Summerville, A. (2005).  What we regret most ... and why. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1273-1285.  Get article.

Mental Control-Regret Slides



No Class --- Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Conference


Attrributions for Behavior


Gilbert, D. T., & Jones, E. E. (1986).  Perceiver-induced constraint: Interpretations of self-genrated reality.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 50, 269-280. Get article.

Orvis, B. R., Cunningham, J. D., & Kelley, H. H. (1975). A closer examination of causal inference: The roles of consensus, distinctiveness, and consistency information.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 12, 605-616.

Get article.

Induced Constraint-Cube Theory Slides


Test # 1 Administered

Review Session for Test # 1


Group Behavior


Latane, B., Williams, K., & Harkins, S. (1979).  Many hands make light work: The causes and consequences of social loafing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37, 822-832. Get article

Harkins, S. G., & Jackson, J. M. (1985).  The role of evaluation in eliminating social loafing. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 11(4), 457-465. 

Get article.

Janis, I. L. (1971).  Groupthink.  Psychology Today (November), 43-46, 74-76. Get article.


Social Loafing Slides


Helping (Prosocial) Behavior


Latane, B., & Darley. J, M. (1968).  Group inhibition of bystander intervention in emergencies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 10, 215-221. Get article.

Darley. J, M., & Latane, B. (1968).  Bystander intervention in emergencies: Diffusion of  Responsibility.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 8, 377-383.  Get article.   Helping Slides




Festinger. L. (1961). The psychological effects of insufficient rewards. American Psychologist, 16(1), 1-11. Get article.

Chaiken, S., & Baldwin, M. W. (1981). Affective-cognitive consistency and the effect of salient behavioral information on the self-perception of attitudes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41, 1-12.  Get article.    Slides


Attitudes (continued)



Petty, R. E., & Cacioppo, J. T. (1984).  The effects of involvement on responses to argument quantity and quality: Central and peripheral routes to persuasion.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 46, 69-81. Get article.

Conner, M., Norman, P., & Bell. R. (2002).  The theory of planned behavior and healthy eating.  Health Psychology, 21, 194-201. Get article.   Slides


Prejudice & Discrimination


Bosson, J. K., Johnson, A. B., Niederhoffer, K., & Swann Jr., W. B. (2006). Interpersonal chemistry through negativity: Bonding by sharing negative attitudes about others. Personal Relationships, 13, 135-150. Get article.

Walker, I., & Crogan, M. (1998). Aademic performance, prejudice, and the jigsaw classroom: New pieces to the puzzle. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 8, 381-393.  Get article.   Slides


Prejudice& Discrimination

(Race & Gender)



Steele, C., & Aronson, E. (1995).  Stereotype threat and the intellectual test performance of African Americans. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 797-811.  Get article.

Massengill, D., & diMarco, N. (1979).  Sex-role stereotypes and requisite management characteristics: A current replication.  Sex Roles, 5, 561-570.

Get articleSlides


3/19 & 3/21




Spring Break (No Class)





Jenna Moore (correlation exist between media violence and aggression)

McKenzi Myers & Torin Howland (No relationship exists)


Freedman, J. (1986). Television violence and aggression: A rejoinder.  Psychological Bulletin, 100, 372-378.  Get article.

Bushman, B. J., & Anderson, C. A. (2001).  American Psychologist, 56, 477-489.  Get article.


Aggression Slides




Aggression (continued)


Huesmann, L. R., Moise-Titus, J., Podolski, C., and Eron, L. D. (2003). Longitudinal relations between childrenÕs exposure to TV violence and
their aggressive and violent behavior in young adulthood: 1977Š1992.  Developmental Psychology, 39, 201-221. Get article

Anderson, C. A., Carnagey, N. L., & Eubanks, J. (2003).  Exposure to violent media: The effects of songs with violent lyrics on aggressive thoughts and feelings.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 960-971.  Get article


Aggression (Gender)


Coyne, S. M., Archer, J., & Eslea, M. (2006).  We're not friends anymore! Unless ...": The frequency and harmfulness of indirect, relational, and social aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 294-307. Get article.

Donnerstein, E., & Linz, D. (1986).  Mass media sexual violence and male viewers.  American Behavioral Scientist, 29, 601-618.  Get article.


Interpersonal Relationships

(Physical Attractiveness)


Dion, K., Berscheid, E., & Walster, E. (1972).  What is beautiful is good. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 24, 285-290.  Get article.

Kenrick, D. T., & Gutierres, S. E. (1980).  Contrast effects and judgments of physical attractiveness: When beauty becomes a social problem.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 38, 131-140. Get article.



Interpersonal Relationships

(Attitude Similarity and Dissimilarity)


Jason Case & Philip Collins (Similarity leads to attraction)

Tara Raulston & James Goodson (Dissimilarity leads to non-attraction)



Byrne, D., Clore, G. L., & Smeaton, G. (1986).  The attraction hypothesis: Do similar attitudes affect anything?  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 1167-1170. Get article

Rosenbaum, M. E. (1986).  The repulsion hypothesis: On the nondevelopment of relationships.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 1156-1166. Get article.

Similarity-Dissimilarity Slides


Interpersonal Relationships


Dutton, D. T., & Aron, A. P. (1974).  Some evidence for heightened sexual attraction under conditions of high anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 30, 510-517.  Get article.

Li, N. P., Bailey, J. M., Kenrick, D. T., & Linsenmeier, J. A. W. (2002).  The necesssities and luxuries of mate preferences: Testing the tradeoffs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 947-955. Get article.

Bridge Study Slides


Interpersonal Relationships

(Equity and Attributions)


Fincham, F. D., & Bradbury, T. N. (1987).  The impact of attributions in marriage: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 53, 510-517. Get article.

Sprecher, S. (2001).  Equity and social exchange in dating couples: Associations with satisfaction, commitment, and stability.
Journal of Marriage & the Family, 63, 599-613.  Get article.

Attributions, Equity Slides


Detecting Deception



Sarah Rupnaraine and Angelica Sullivan (Detecting deception cannot be taught)

Jennifer Albesa & Brandon Webb (Detecting deception accurately can be taught)


Ekman, P., O'Sullivan, M., Frank, M. G. (1999).  A few can catch a liar. 
Psychological Science, 10, 263-266.  Get article

Ekman, P., O'Sullivan, M. (1991).  Who Can Catch a Liar? American Psychologist, 46, 913-920. Get article.

DePaulo, B. M. (1994).  Spotting lies: Can humans learn to do better?
Current Directions in Psychological Science, 3(3), 83-86.

Get article  (scroll down to see article)


Test # 2 Administered
Review Session for Test # 2


SIOP Annual Conferences (No Class)


Grading Criteria:



** Please note that makeup tests will NOT be given, therefore do not miss scheduled exam dates.