~ Advanced Social Psychology ~
(SOP 6069)

Instructor: Dr. Stephen J. Vodanovich

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

Office Hours:  MW 10:00-11:00; 2:30-3:30.  Other times are available by appointment. 


Required text:  Baumeister, R. F., & Finkel, E. J (2010).  Advanced Social Psuchology: The state of the science. New York: Oxford University Press.

*** Plus the required outside readings included below.

 

Student Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

1) Discuss and evaluate the historical, current trends,and important figures, in the field of social psychology.

[Primarily assessed via exams and class discussions]  Relevant core areas:  Content, Critical thinking, Communication

2) Explain how social forces/social influence (e.g., social comparison) affects how we see, think, feel, and know.

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

[Primarily assessed via exams and class discussions]  Relevant core areas:  Content, Critical thinking, Communication

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

[Primarily assessed via exams and class discussions] 

Relevant core areas:  Content, Critical thinking, Communication, Integrity/Values

5) Synthesize the empirical findings of research within the context of social psychological theories.

[Primarily assessed via exams and class discussions]  Relevant core areas:  Content, Critical thinking, Communication

6) Present, discuss, and debate the research findings on a given topioc in social psychology.

[Primarily assessed via presenation/debate]  Content, Critical thinking, Communication, Project management

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

[Primarily assessed via exams and class discussions]  Relevant core areas:  Content, Critical thinking, Communication

 

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

Date(s)

Topic

Readings

1/6
Introduction/Overview
 
1/8

Social Infuence [Conformity]

 

Asch, S. E.   Opinions and social pressure. (1955).  Scientific American, 193, 31-35.   Get article.

Reno, R R., Cialdini, R. B., & Kallgren, C. A. (1993).  The transitional influence of social norms.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 64, 104-112. 

Get article.

Conformity Slides

 

 

1/13

Social Influence [Obedience]

 

Milgram, S. (1963).  Behavioral study of obedience.  Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67, 371-378.   Get article.

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

Obedience Slides

 

1/15

Social Influence [Obedience Ethics]

Debate

John Duany (Ethical; Milgram position)

Dianne Fralix (Not Ethical; Baumrind position)

 

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)

 

1/20

Martin Luther King Day

(No Class)

1/22

Social Influence [Universal influence principles]

 

Chapter 11

Compliance Chapter Slides

1/27

Social Influence [Compliance Techniques]

 

 

Cialdini, R. B. (1975). A reciprocal concessions procedure for inducing compliance: The door-in-the-face technique. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 21, 206-215.  Get article.

Burger, J. M. (1986). Increasing compliance by improving the deal: The that's-not- all technique. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 277-283.

Get article.

Freedman, J. L., & Fraser, S. C.(1966). Compliance without pressure: The foot-in-the-door technique.  Journal ol Personality and Social Psychology, 4, 155-202.

Get article.

Compliance Techniques Slides

1/29

Class Cancelled Due to Weather

 

 

2/3

 

Prosocial Behavior (Helping Others)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 8

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

Get article.

Prosocial Slides

2/5

 

Prosocial Behavior (Altruism)

Debate

Kimberly Chafin (Altruism exists)

Gary Graves (Altruism does NOT exist)

Toi, M., & Batson, C. D. (1992).  More evidence that empathy is a source of altruistic motivation.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 43, 281-291.

Get article.

Cialdini, R. B. Schaller, M., Houlihan, D., Arps, K., Fulltz, & Beaman, A. L. (1987).  Empathy-based helping: Is it selflessly or selfishly motivated?
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 749-758. Get article.

2/10
Group Processes [Social Loafing & Females in Leadership Positions]

Chapter 14

 

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

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

Loafing and Females in Leadership Slides

 

2/12

 

Social Perception

[Attributing the Causes

of 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.

Social Perception Slides

 

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.  Article presentation:  Katherine Harnish

Reversing Actor-Observer Slides

 

2/17

Social Perception

[Self-handicapping & Overjustification effect]

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-Handicapping-Overjustification Slides

2/19
Social Cognition
Chapter 3

Social Cognition Slides

2/24

Social Cognition [Counterfactual Thinking, Priming]

 

McGraw, A. P., Mellers, B. A., & Tetlock, P. E  .(2005). Expectations and emotions of Olympic athletes.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 538-446.  Get article.

Loftus, E. F. (1975).  Leading questions and the eyewitness report.  Cognitive Science, 7, 560-572. Get article.

CFT and Leading Questions Slides

 

2/26

Attitudes

[Cognitive Dissonance]

 

Festinger, L, & Carlsmith, J. M. (1959).  Cognitive consequences of forced compliance.  The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, Vol 58(2), 203-210.  Get article.

Aronson. E. (1992).  The return of the repressed: Dissonance theory makes a comeback.  Psychological Inquiry, 3, 303-311. Get article.

Aronson, E., & Carlsmith, J. M. (1963).  Effect of severity of threat in the devaluation of forbidden behavior.  Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 66, 584-588.  Get article.  Article presentation:  Amy Oliver

Dissonance Slides

~ Exam 1 Distributed ~

 

3/3

Attitudes

[Cognitive Dissonance]

Aronson, E., & Mills, J. S. (1959).  The effect of severity of initiation on liking for a group.  Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 59, 177-181. Get article.

Aronson, E., Fried, C., & Stone, J. (1991).   Overcoming denial and increasing the
intention to use condoms through the induction of hypocrisy.  American Journal of Public Health, 81, 1636-1638. Get article.

Gilbert, D. T., & Ebert, E. J. (2002).  Decisions and revisions: The affective forecasting of changeable outcomes.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 503-514.  Get article.  Article presentation:  Lauren Clifford

 

3/5
 
No Class --- Annual SEPA Conference (Nashville, TN)
3/10 & 3/12
 -----
No Class --- Spring Break
3/17
Attitudes
Chapter 7
3/19
 

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.    

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.

3/24
Prejudice & Discrimination
Chapter 10
3/26

Prejudice& Discrimination

(Reducing prejudice)

 

Sherif, M. Experiments in group conflict.  In J. Aronson & E. Aronson (Eds.) (2011) Readings About the Social Animal) (pp. 415-424). New York: Worth Publishers.

Get article


Aronson, E.., & Bridgeman, D. (1979).  Jigsaw groups and the desegregated classroom: In pursuit of common goals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 5, 438-446.  Get article.

Group Conflict-Jigsaw Slides

3/31

 

Prejudice& Discrimination

 

Word, C. O., Zanna, M. P., & Cooper, J. (1974). The nonverbal mediation of self-fulfilling prophecies in interracial interaction. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 10, 109-120.  Get article

Heilman, M. E., & Stopeck, M. H. (1985).  Attractiveness and corporate success: Different causal attributions for males and females.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 70, 379-388.  Get article.

 

4/2

 

Aggression

Debate

Jessica Gladstone (correlation exist between media violence and aggression)

Shane Kuhlman (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.

 

 

 

4/7

Aggression (continued)

 

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

 

Anderson, C. A. (2004).  An update on the effects of playing violent video games. Journal of Adolescence, 27, 113122.  Get article.

Article presentation:  Allysia Ramirez

4/9

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.

Attractiveness Slides

4/14
Interpersonal Relationships
 Chapter 14
4/16

Interpersonal Relationships

(Attitude Similarity and Dissimilarity)

Debate

Katelyn Cleary (Similarity leads to attraction)

Caitlyn Webster (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 Slides

Dissimilarity Slides

4/21

Interpersonal Relationships

 

Dutton,  D. G., & Aron, A. P. (1974).  Some evidence for heightened sexual attraction under condtitions 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 and Mate Preference Slides

 

4/23

Detecting Deception

 

Debate

Brittany Fields (Detecting deception CANNOT be taught)

Kyle Weichman (Detecting deception 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)

~ Exam 2 Distributed ~

 

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Grading Criteria:

 

 

** Please note that class attendance is required.  Each missed class will result in half a letter grade reduction.