[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 14, No. 11

David P. Dillard


Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:48:36 -0500
From: Jonathan Mueller <jfmueller@...>
To: socialpsy-teach@...
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 14, No. 11

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

Vol. 14, No. 11

August 12, 2015


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



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Or, you can find links to all those materials at the Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at


Also, if you ever have any activities or videos or other resources you would like to share please pass them along.  Now,
let's see what all the hubbub is about.


 Activities and Exercises

         Conflict & Peacemaking: Professor's exam question


         Professor offers 2 or 6 extra credits points on the students' final paper grade.  But if more than 10% select 6
points then no one gets any extra points.

         Prejudice: "Using Shrek to teach about stigma"


         Social Judgment: Can we make some decisions better unconsciously?


         Cindi May and Gil Einstein review a Current Directions article that looks at this question, and they suggest ways
to engage your students in this query.



Aggression: Violence towards minorities


"Two women face civil rights violations after allegedly attacking lesbian couple at Six Flags New

Prejudice: Institutional racism


Is the New York teacher exam biased towards White people?

Prejudice: The persecutors claim to be persecuted


Topic Resources

Aggression: Crime pays ... and that's a good thing!


Richmond, California paid criminals for staying out of trouble, and it worked.

Aggression: Police violence in the U.S. vs. Europe


In one graph

Aggression: "Psychosis and violence aren't strongly linked"


Wait, all the TV shows I watch are wrong?  Is that possible?

Aggression: "How rudeness spreads like a contagion"


Attraction: The handsome son effect


"Women rated men's faces as more attractive when they were shown alongside a good-looking son."

Gender & Culture: Responses to a nobel laureate's sexist comments


Gender & Culture/Prejudice: Inequality in film


"Inequality in 700 popular films: Examining portrayals of gender, race, and LGBT status from 2007 to 2014" is
a report from USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Helping: So what happened to the Ice Bucket Challenge money raised?


Here's an accounting of the $115 million raised, one year later.

Helping: "The myth of the ethical shopper"



We would like to believe that conscientious shopping can change the world, but this excellent essay shows how
complicated and difficult that is.  The first link is to a video of an interesting street test suggesting that
you can improve the lives of the poor by how you shop.  The essay at the second link suggests it's not so

Helping: What happens when a city gives its poor residents money without strings?


See what happened when Utrecht, Netherlands tried this.  Others have tried as well.

Methods: "Watch our for the experienced study participant"


Methods: Are online participants paying attention?


Do you use Amazon Turk or another online tool for recruiting participants?  This study suggests your online
participants may actually be paying more attention and putting in more effort than those on campus.

Persuasion: Combating anti-vaccine attitudes


New research suggests a better strategy than presenting counterarguments.

Prejudice: "The vast, hidden community of racial hatred in America"


A good review of some existing hate groups

Prejudice: Multiracial Americans


A good report from The Pew Research Center on the growing number of mixed-race individuals in America

Prejudice: A very interesting measure of dehumanization


Perhaps you can even use this sliding scale with your students.

Prejudice/Social Judgment: "The negative in positive stereotypes"


This blog entry reviews an interesting new article which finds that positive stereotypes can have some
positive effects, but the effects tend to be more negative in interpersonal and group interactions.

Psychology in the Courtroom: The Central Park Jogger case


A brief review of the case and the interrogation techniques used to draw the false confessions

Psychology in the Courtroom: False confessions, lie detection, and mental illness


This article reviews some research presented at the APS convention.

Social Judgment: Can you make your face look more trustworthy?


Yes, according to this research -- competent? Not so much.

The Self: The development of self-control


This article reviews some research presented at the APS convention.

The Self: "Self-proclaimed experts more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge"


Like I'm telling you something you didn't already know.  "New research reveals that the more people think they
know about a topic in general, the more likely they are to allege knowledge of completely made-up information
and false facts, a phenomenon known as 'overclaiming.'"

Technology in Teaching



General: Millions of free photos


At Photopin

General: Lots of free military photos


General: Create your own infographics


Or your students can.


Attraction & Relationships: "Girl, you don't need makeup" (3:15)


A humorous take on the subject from Amy Schumer

Attraction & Relationships: 100 years of Russian beauty (1:40)


I have sent you a couple of these before.  Here is the 8th installment of this series.

Conformity: Philip Zimbardo looks back on his classic study (31:59)


And he likes the new film on his study!

Gender & Culture: Transgender terms (2:34)


A nice review of terms related to gender and sexuality

Helping: "What if the homeless gave you money?" (5:19)


Methods: Correlation is not causation

https://vimeo.com/115188874 (6:00)

https://vimeo.com/115124741 (8:37)

The first animated video does a nice job of illustrating and explaining the concept of correlation.  The
second video addresses why a correlation does not imply causation, and it also explains how to test a causal

Persuasion: Videos from subscriber Robert Cialdini


Prejudice: How the media treats White vs. Black "riots" (2:25)



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