[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 17, No. 6

David P. Dillard


Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:43:03 +0000
From: Jon F Mueller <jfmueller@...>
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Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 17, No. 6

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter


Vol. 17, No. 6

February 27, 2018

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

 It’s the 20th anniversary of the Implicit Association Test (IAT).  Read more about it below.

Activities and Exercises



Prejudice:  “Teaching students how to celebrate racial diversity”



Psychology in the Courtroom:  Eyewitness testimony

https://community.macmillan.com/community/the-psychology-community/blog/2018/02/12/eyewitness-testimony-is-he-guilty -or-not-guilty


Social Judgment:  “Why people believe conspiracy theories”


Does a conspiracy theory exist if no one believes it?  Just asking.







Conflict & Peacemaking:  Prisoner’s dilemma






Topic Resources



Aggression/Attraction & Relationships: Cyberbullying – how do you measure it?

http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2018/2/22/cyberbullying-sticks-and-stones-may-break-my-bones-but-tweet.ht ml


Attraction & Relationships:  To rekindle or not to rekindle

http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2018/1/31/to-rekindle-or-not-to-rekindle-that-appears-to-be-selena-and.ht ml

This brief blog entry reviews some research on whether it is a good choice to try and revive an earlier relationship.


Attraction & Relationships: Most effective ways to make up


Probably easier than rekindling


Attraction & Relationships:  Too many fish in the sea


Sometimes too much choice is overwhelming, particularly with online dating.  Maybe rekindling is the way to go.


Attraction & Relationships:  15 questions to evaluate your current relationship

http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2018/2/9/15-questions-to-determine-if-your-relationship-is-hall-of-fa.htm l

Research-based questions!  Maybe no rekindling is necessary!


Attraction & Relationships:  Propinquity matters


That’s what I just told my class.  My online class.


Attraction & Relationships:  “No, opposites do not attract”


I can’t wait until we get this replication failure.


Gender, Genes, & Culture:  Male/female brain differences already appear at one month



Gender & Culture:  “The more gender equality, the fewer women in STEM”


Interesting cross-cultural research on this surprising finding


General:  Are there good sides to bad behavior?


This brief essay looks at research on objectification, aggression, and gossiping.


Helping:  Symbolic interactionism and the bystander effect


A sociologist applies the theory of symbolic interactionism to this effect.


Helping:  “Could a more individualistic world also be a more altruistic one?”

https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/02/05/581873428/could-a-more-individualistic-world-also-be-a-more-altruistic- one

This article reviews research that addresses this counterintuitive question.


Persuasion:  Can the salesperson be too excited?

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/minds-business/too-sad-too-happy-salesperson-emotions-affect-buyer-behavio r-during-and-after-sale.html

I think we know the answer to that, but let’s see what the research says.


Prejudice:  “Two decades of measuring implicit associations”  (IAT)




The first article provides a nice overview of the tool and some of what we have learned.  The second link is to an article about one of its co-creators – Mahzarin Banaji.  The third link is to an article describing the research of psychologists who have attempted to reduce bias in the real world.


Psychology in the Courtroom:  The category cluster recall technique


to improve eyewitness recall – this research finds it superior to free recall.


Psychology in the Courtroom:  How easy is it to implant false memories of committing a crime?

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/02/15/psychologists-clash-over-how-easy-it-is-to-implant-false-memories-of-committing -a-crime/


Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment: Lie detection approach foiled by made-up alibi


Using the idea that lying is more mentally demanding than telling the truth, techniques using speed of response are used to detect lying.  This research suggests that that technique can be beaten.


Social Judgment: “Another blow for ego-depletion theory”



Social Judgment: Studying first impressions


This brief article reviews some research on types and processes of first impressions.


Social Judgment: “How low income affects routine decisions”



Social Judgment:  Is conservatism a “flaw,” or just a cultural difference?


Interesting research





Technology in Teaching






Conformity:  The autokinetic illusion study and more!


I love this video!  A student pointed me to it.  It is an excerpt of an episode of the YouTube show Brain Games.  In addition to being a very interesting and creative test of conformity, it provides an excellent example of continuing a norm even after the confederates who started it have left the group, as in Sherif’s autokinetic illusion study.


Conformity:  Standing ovations


Another Brain Games episode


Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment:  Eyewitness inaccuracy


Another Brain Games episode


The Self: An interview with Walter Mischel

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/observer/obsonline/inside-the-psychologists-studio-with-walter-mis chel.html

How Do You ... ?

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