Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:18:42 -0500
From: Jon Mueller <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 16, No. 11
Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter
Vol. 16, No. 11
August 15, 2017
the e-mail newsletter accompanying the
Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at
Welcome, new subscribers! I distribute 11 issues a year, excluding July, so this may be your first issue. All of the
resources listed below will eventually be added to the Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website linked above.
There you can find thousands of annotated links to activities and exercises, class assignments, multimedia, topic resources
and more for the teaching of social psychology and related courses. (If you haven't recently, you might want to take a look
at what is available at the Resources website. A nudge!) As always, if you ever come across any resources you would like
to share please pass them along. Enjoy!
(Editor's Note: After adding the items below, I realize I still have so many resources left that I will be sending out a
second issue later in August. A bonus issue! Oh, and I now have hummingbirds outside my office window!)
Activities and Exercises
Group Influence: Group polarization
Subscriber David Myers share this activity he has used in his social psychology classes.
Social Judgment: Pseudopsychic demonstrations
Another good set of classroom demos from David Myers
The Self: Adaptation-level phenomenon
Comedian Louis C. K. provides some examples, and then a possible activity with students is described.
Attitudes & Behavior/Helping: "Free will beliefs predict attitudes toward unethical behavior and criminal
Subscriber Kathleen Vohs graciously shared this interesting article.
Helping: Too hot to help
This research suggests that uncomfortably warm conditions can lead to reduced helping.
The Self: "The true self: A psychological concept distinct from the self
Gender & Culture: Objectification
"Chinese restaurant offers bra size discounts."
Social Judgment: Confirmation bias
This bizarre story around Outback Steakhouse locations is a good example of confirmation bias and our natural
search for patterns.
Aggression: Many mass killers and terrorists have a history of domestic violence
As does the alleged perpetrator at the Charlottesville episode
Aggression: "The 5 W's of threat appraisal"
Advice for school personnel and parents if you hear a student make a threat
Aggression: Can words be violence?
An interesting discussion of the topic -- what do your students think? The second link is to the original
article to which the first author responds.
Attitudes & Behavior: Majority of Republicans believe colleges are bad for U.S.
This change in belief has been quite rapid recently. What might have led to such a change?
Conformity/Persuasion: When and where do nudges work?
A "nudge" is an intervention "that preserves freedom of choice, but steers people in a particular direction."
Group Influence: "Being in a group makes us less likely to fact-check"
Helping: "Endorsing for others what we oppose for ourselves"
"People who receive help prefer agentic aid-- they want to choose...yet people who give help prefer it to be
Prejudice: Heavier Asian-Americans are seen as more Americans
Apparently since the stereotypes are that Asians are thin and Americans are heavy then heavy Asian-Americans
must be more American!
Prejudice: Wealthy communities "seceding" from school districts
Apparently for racial reasons in many cases, in this newer phenomenon
Prejudice: "Redlining never went away"
"New research shows that discriminatory lending holds down housing values, hurting black wealth accumulation."
Prejudice: Germany votes to legalize same-sex marriage
Prejudice: Reducing racial bias
A good discussion of strategies that work and ones that don't
Prejudice/Social Judgment: Why do we have biases?
This essay provides a nice discussion of two common motives: self-protection and efficiency.
Social Judgment: "Does empathy and warmth make a physician seem more competent?"
Social Judgment/The Self: Those who think they are highly intuitive really aren't
Surprising findings to those who think they are intuitive, but very unsurprising to social psychologists
The Self: "Would you rather cut off your hand or be known as a Nazi?"
This very interesting and timely research is all about the importance of reputation. According to the studies,
many would rather cut off their hand, perhaps even more so after last week's events.
The Self: "Watching children learn to lie"
Within this study researchers could observe 3-year-olds discover how to lie. Immediately after the study two of
the kids declared themselves candidates for office, and one applied for graduate work in social psychology.
Technology in Teaching
Aggression: "School bully" (2:05)
Amusing Key and Peele video exploring some of the motivations of bullies
Gender & Culture: Women on Capitol Hil cannot go sleeveless (1:28)
Prejudice: A documentary of Charlottesville, VA (22:05)
Yes, already. This is a powerful, on-the-ground look at the events and people of those hours. from HBO's Vice News
Tonight. Lots of opportunity for discussion around this video.
Prejudice: "Don't be a sucker" (17:21)
This 1943 U.S. government film about fascism recently went viral after what happened in Charlottesville, VA.
Prejudice: Being gay then and now (11:13)
A conversation between a 13-year-old boy and a 76-year-old man about being gay
Prejudice: The Talk (2:09)
A powerful commercial from Proctor & Gamble about "the talk" African-American parents give to their children
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
Request Line is Open!
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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
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