[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 16, No. 11b

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[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 16, No. 11b

David P. Dillard



Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:15:22 -0500
From: Jon Mueller <[hidden email]>
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Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 16, No. 11b

                              Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

                                        Vol. 16, No. 11b

                                         August 30, 2017


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


Yes, the bonus August issue as promised.  11b?  I didn't know what to call it, but here it


          Social Judgment: I can guess your social class in...seven words



          This research found that participants could also detect social class in other brief
slices of strangers such as 60s of video and 20 Facebook photos, but they could detect social
class at better than chance levels just hearing seven random      

          words spoken by the stranger.  The second link is to a blog entry about the research.


          Gender & Culture: Objectification


          "Chinese restaurant offers bra size discounts."

          The Self: Cognitive dissonance


          How do White nationalists respond when DNA testing reveals they are not all white,
and how do their group members respond?



Topic Resources

       Aggression: "A gun in the vehicle triggers aggressive driving"


       Attraction & Relationships: "Why do people swipe right (or left) on Tinder"


       A nice infographic describing some research on the question

       Attraction & Relationships: "Familiar faces look happier than unfamiliar ones"


       Attraction & Relationships: Chicago Face Database


       A large, normed, freely-available database of faces for research use

       Attraction & Relationships: "15 common social quirks that make you less likeable"


       Attraction & Relationships/Persuasion: We prefer brands with faces, especially if
       we are lonely


       Referring back to an earlier post:  Would we be more willing to read the journal
       articles in which the authors' faces were included?

       Conformity: Are you "green to be seen" or "brown to get down"?


       Interesting study looks at how we signal valued group membership through the
       behaviors we choose.  For example, if you are an environmentalist you will seek out
       visible behaviors that signal that membership (green to be seen), whereas if you
       don't see yourself as an environmentalist you will avoid visible pro-environment
       behaviors (brown to get down).

       Gender & Culture: "The Google memo: What does the research says about gender


       A good, recent review of the literature of "sex differences in interests, traits,
       and abilities that might be related to coding/engineering/STEM," with an analysis
       of its relationship to the claims in the Google memo

       General: Applying to grad school in personality or social psychology


       Some resources for your students (or you!)

       Group Influence: Why the eclipse is (was) best experienced in a crowd


       I just like the first picture in this article.

       Methods: Sampling bias in the 2016 U.S. presidential election


       An analysis of one reason the polls were off in the election

       Methods: Cohen's d effect size visualization


       Conformity/Persuasion: Consumers preferred more frequently reviewed products even
       if ratings were not higher


       In fact, even if two products were poorly rated, the one with more reviews (meaning
       more negative ones) was more often selected.

       Prejudice: "Responding to hate on campus"


       Here are presentations and resources from a symposium on the topic at the 2017 APA

       Prejudice: "Looking for similarities can bring marginalized groups together"


       Prejudice: Belief in a group's unchanging essence leads to isolating those groups


       "So, if I'm high in essentialism, not only will I believe that men are essentially
       distinct from women, or that immigrants are essentially distinct from natives, but
       I'll also support legislation that enforces gender segregation in public bathrooms,
       or a presidential candidate who promises to build a wall along the Mexico-U.S.

       Prejudice: Research on racism


       Some featured articles on the topic from the Association for Psychological Science

       Prejudice: "India declares freedom of sexual orientation a fundamental right"


       Prejudice: Hate map


       The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate groups in the U.S., and the results can
       be viewed through this interactive map.   Students could select a group and
       complete an assignment or project about it.

       Prejudice/Social Judgment: 5- and 6-year-olds attribute more diverse attributes to
       similar rather than dissimilar others


       It's not mentioned in this summary of the research, but it also sounds like the
       beginning of the homogeneity effect.

       Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment: How to tell if someone is lying


       Some suggestions from experts

       Social Judgment: Facial appearance in leaders of law firms and crime families


       Apparently, leaders in law firms looked more powerful than other lawyers at the
       firm, while leaders of crime families looked more socially skilled.

Technology in Teaching


         Prejudice: "How White nationalism became normal online" (18:31)

         Video and article from The Intercept





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