[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 16, No. 5

David P. Dillard


Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:16:27 -0600
From: Jon Mueller <jfmueller@...>
To: socialpsy-teach@...
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 16, No. 5

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

Vol. 16, No. 5

January 27, 2017


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


First, let me pass on a request that many of you might be interested in as well.  Subscriber Bill
Zachry (wzachry@...) is conducting an online social psychology course.  His department added
a lab component to the course, in which Bill would like to conduct some empirical projects with his
online students.  So, Bill would like to know if anyone can "recommend any data-collection research
projects that have been developed specifically for, and used successfully in, online classes."  You
can find one such resource below.  Also, on the Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology site,
the Methods page, you can find links to

     -  the Department of Psychology site at the University of Mississippi at which you can 1) have
your students participate in lab experiments from which you can download the class' data for class
analysis, 2) have your students participate in ongoing, online studies, and 3) view demonstrations of
experiments without participating (

     -  an article by Jessica Hartnett on free and available internet resources for teaching stats
and research design

Do you know of other data-collection resources that Bill could use in his online course?  If you do,
please pass them along to Bill and/or me.  Thanks!

Second, I have a social psychology quiz for you!  I have sent you a few examples from this U.S.
election season of how followers of a candidate often interpret whatever he/she does as favorable,
even if previously they had felt negatively about the issue or behavior.  As we are becoming more
polarized in the U.S. we will likely see many more examples of this phenomenon.  What would you call
that?  Certainly cognitive dissonance and its reduction or avoidance are in play.  But, is there a
better social psychology concept/term that captures this action of interpreting favorably anything
your candidate/leader prefers?  What would you call it?  For example, check out this little
experiment the New York Times conducted

Activities and Exercises


Attraction & Relationships:  What women think of men with tattoos

In the last issue I sent you an article about this research.  Now, here are some
suggestions for what you can do with this research in class.

Gender & Culture:  Personal space and proxemics

An online, interactive exercise for your students

Social Judgment: "Should you trust your unconscious when judging lying?"

The Self: The illusion of control

An online, interactive exercise for your students

The Self: Cognitive dissonance

An online, interactive exercise for your students



        Prejudice: SWB: Shopping While Black

        A lawsuit alleges that employees at this store were instructed by the manager to "say 'D410'
in a casual manner when a Black person entered the store."  D410 is the store's code for a black

        Prejudice: Institutional discrimination

        An Arizona lawmaker "is proposing a far-reaching law in Arizona, House Bill 2120, banning
virtually every college event, activity or course which discusses social justice, skin privilege, or
racial equality."

Topic Resources

Aggression: The disinhibition of violence through the media

This article describes how the consequences of violence seen in PG-13 movies are often
hidden, which helps to lower inhibitions towards violence.

Aggression: "The surprising history of 'snowflake' as a political insult"

If you didn't follow the recent U.S. elections, you may have missed this insult revived
from earlier times.

Attitudes & Behavior:  Conservatives use nouns; liberals use adjectives

It's all about our handling of uncertainty.  In fact, the second link also takes you to a
research summary describing how uncertainty may drives us toward dogmatic beliefs and

Attitudes & Behavior/Social Judgment:  "Belief in conspiracies largely depends on
political identity"

This is another example of what I mentioned in the "quiz" above.

Attraction & Relationships: "10 comics that show what polyamorous love is really like"

Conflict & Peacemaking/Persuasion: "The seven habits of highly depolarizing people"

Here are some very good suggestions for persuading or working with those who are quite
polarized in their views.  I was going to say "provide alternate facts," but this is
probably better advice.

Conformity:  Joining a crowd and your health

This research describes both positive and negative effects on health from joining a crowd
of others.  The second link is to a blog entry from subscriber David Myers that may be
relevant.  Some new research suggests some health benefits from religious engagement.

Gender & Culture/Methods: "Five myths about the role of culture in psychological

Gender & Culture/Prejudice:  The story of Black, female scientists in the movie Hidden

Methods: Open Stats Lab

This new site provides a wealth of resources for the teaching of statistics through a
variety of data sets.

Persuasion:  "How to convince somebody when facts fail"

Another good article on how a person's worldview can be so powerful as to undermine
evidence -- and what to do about it

Persuasion:  "Hollywood goes to war"

View these exhibits and materials about Hollywood during WWII, including some of  the
propaganda that came out of Hollywood.

Prejudice: Disability History Museum

Prejudice: "Poor Black children are much more likely to attend high-poverty schools than

poor White children.

Prejudice:  Is the IAT up to the job?

This article, reviewing some research, suggests it is not a reliable enough tool.

Prejudice:  Do racial attitudes guide welfare preference?

Surprisingly, this question had not been previously tested experimentally.  This article
describes some very recent research looking at the question.

Technology in Teaching


         Gender & Culture: "The doll that chose to drive" (3:09)

         An ad with a gender-bending focus

         Gender & Culture:  Saudi video from women challenge gender roles and expectations (2:52)


         General:  Many collections of images and videos

         The University of Masschusetts Dartmouth library has organized links to many large
collections of open video and image resources available for viewing.





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.


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