[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 15, No. 6

David P. Dillard


Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:48:04 -0600
From: Jon Mueller <jfmueller@...>
To: socialpsy-teach@...
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 15, No. 6

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

Vol. 15, No. 6

February 29, 2016


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


TGILY!  That's, thank goodness it's leap year!  Here's your February 29th edition.

Subscriber Silvia Mari has the following request:  "I would like more suggestions on how to teach a course
in Psychology of Attitude (classic and basic themes), with appealing examples about use of technology to
graduate students with different backgrounds (some of them don’t have a major -and sometimes neither a
minor- in social psychology…)."  Send me any suggestions and I will pass them along to Silvia and to the
rest of you.  Thanks.

Activities and Exercises

        Helping: "Why we fail to empathize -- and what we can do about it"



         Prejudice/Social Judgment: Stereotyping


         They're all alike

Topic Resources

Aggression/Gender & Culture: Responses to "The Hunting Ground" and rape culture on campus


"The Hunting Ground" is a 2015 documentary on universities' handling of rape and other sexual

Attitudes & Behaviors: 30% U.S. teachers tell students that climate change is "likely due to
natural causes"


From a survey just published in Science

Attitudes & Behaviors/Persuasion: In denial of climate change, facts don't matter


According to this study from the University of Queensland in Australia

Attitudes & Behaviors/Persuasion: Facts vs. Identity: The backfire effect


This research finds that if you challenge a strongly held belief central to a person's
identity with facts, it can backfire.

Attraction & Relationships: "What the 'ideal' man's body looks like in 19 countries"


Plenty of examples like this of women's bodies -- now it's men's turn.

Conformity: "Investigating social contagion with digital tools"


Recent study finds that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another
via shared social connections."

Gender & Culture: The Girl Zone


Egyptian women find a safe place -- the Girl Zone -- "where they can gather and express
themselves without judgement or threat from society at large."

Gender & Culture: "By preschool boys and girls are already segregated"


Gender & Culture:  Barbie's body gets a makeover!


This entry may sound familiar... because it is.  I sent it out in the last issue but with the
wrong link.  So, here is the right link.  Next issue I am going to mix up all the links with
all the topics and see if you can match them up.  Sounds like fun!

Persuasion:  The shape of a company logo matters!


Prejudice: Weapon bias shows up even when viewing a 5-year old


Prejudice: "The disturbing rise of Islamophobia in America"


Prejudice: U.S. military: Wearing a hijab is passive terrorism


From a policy paper released by the U.S. military

Prejudice: The myth of Black homophobia


Prejudice: 19th-century campaign to declare Mormons "non-White"


Social Judgment: Teen criminals better at detecting lying in their peers

50% accuracy (chance) for non-offenders and 67% accuracy for offenders

Technology in Teaching


General:  Image optimizer


A nice, free, online site to resize, compress, and optimize your images

Persuasion:  World War II Posters


A collection of 338 posters used by the U.S. government to promote support for war efforts


How Do You ... ?

Ever wonder how your fellow social psych instructors handle a certain topic or issue in their
courses? Then send me your "How Do You..?" question and I will try and post it here. If I get
some answers I will post them in the following issue.

Request Line is Open! 

Yes, I take requests; in fact, I encourage them. Are there particular types of resources you
would like examples of? Particular topics you are interested in? Teaching tips? Technology
tips? I want to tailor this newsletter to your needs. So, please feel free to send me your
requests, suggestions, comments and resources. Send them directly to me (jfmueller@...)
or by replying to this message.


The Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter is published monthly (hopefully) by

Jon Mueller
Professor of Psychology
30 North Brainard St.
North Central College
Naperville, IL 60540

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