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[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 17, No. 2

David P. Dillard


Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:14:52 -0500
From: Jon Mueller <[hidden email]>
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Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 17, No. 2

                          Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

                                     Vol. 17, No. 2

                                    October 27, 2017

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

Subscriber David Sirlopu wrote:  "I'm teaching social psychology for undergraduate
students, and this semester I would like to make some changes in my teaching
methodologies."   He is interested material about developing problem-based learning
activities related to the topic of prejudice and stereotypes.  If you have any ideas or
know of any such material could you please send it to David at [hidden email].

I have a request as well.  When you get the chance, I would love to hear about a
resource you learned about from an issue of this newsletter and how you used it in a
course.   Thanks.

Also, congratulations to subscribers Thomas Holtgraves, Winnifred Louis, Rowland
Miller, Michael Olson, and Rolf Reber for becoming SPSP Fellows!  (I apologize if I
have left any subscribers off this list.)  I also notice the new Fellows are all
long-time subscribers to the Newsletter.  Just saying.

Activities and Exercises


          Attraction & Relationships: Sexual conflict in human mating


          Some suggested activities to accompany a Current Directions article

          Conformity:  Some "Who's" and "Why's" of Conformity


          An online interactive exercise

          Psychology in the Courtroom:  Mock jury scenario


          An online interactive scenario

          The Self: Measuring materialism and happiness


          An online interactive survey

          The Self: Religious engagement and the good life


          Some suggested activities to accompany a Current Directions article



           General: "Single does testosterone administration impairs cognitive
reflection in men"



           The authors suggest this effect may play a role in testerone's effects on
many social behaviors.  The second link is to an article about the research.

           Persuasion: "Motivated reasoning and persuasion among politicians"





         "Politicians reject evidence that conflicts with their beliefs.  And if
       you give them more evidence, they double down."  The second link is to an
       article about the research.



Topic Resources

       Aggression:  Sexual harassment and #metoo


       The #metoo has been used to share stories of sexual harassment.  It is an
       interesting recent phenomenon to emerge, like the # below on disabilities,
       the worldwide sharing of common experiences.  I have read anecdotal
       accounts of the costs and benefits of such sharing.   I wonder what the
       research will tell us.  Have any of you done such research?

       Aggression: "Sex, power, and the systems that enable men like Harvey



       An essay by social psychologist Dacher Keltner -- the second link is to a
       blog entry that discusses "why all of the Harvey Weinstein allegations
       emerged now."

       Aggression: Female sex workers less likely to be killed if they can
       advertise online


       Aggression/Prejudice: "I was a racist cop"


       A powerful essay from a retired police officer and forensic investigator

       Attitudes & Behavior:  "Trump voters believe sex allegations against
       Weinstein, but not against Trump"


       Attitudes & Behavior/Persuasion:  "Politicians reject evidence that
       conflicts with their beliefs...


       ...and if you give them more evidence, they double down.

       Attraction & Relationships:  How to make your face look younger


       Contrast!  Our brains love it.  How to make it look older?  Have kids.

       Attraction & Relationships:  The most attractive facial feature on women...


       Besides contrast.  The lips!  According to this research they are a big
       winner.  That's where our eyes go most.

       Attraction & Relationships/The Self:  "Loneliness and self-centeredness
       appear to be mutually reinforcing"


       Conflict & Peacemaking/Helping:  "Cooperation driven by reciprocity, not


       Conformity: When not letting others down can be used for good


       Like getting yourself to the gym

       Conformity/Prejudice:  "The psychology of taking a knee"


       Interesting discussion around the recent protests in sports

       Gender & Culture:  A popular sports website and misogyny


       Misogyny has always been present in sports, sports reporting, and sports
       analysis, but once again social media can help magnify its presence and

       Gender & Culture/Prejudice:  "Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving"


       Helping:  Compassion


       APS has a number of good articles linking compassion with helping.

       Helping: It's better to give AND receive


       Research finds "that gift recipients are happier with a present when the
       giver got themselves the same present."

       Methods:  New tools for increasing the power of studies


       from psychological scientists Samantha F. Anderson, Ken Kelley, and Scott
       E. Maxwell

       Prejudice: "Thousands share their invisible disabilities on Twitter"


       Prejudice:  How white nationalism has entered the mainstream in the U.S.
       and Austria



       The first link is to detailed analysis of the role of certain media sources
       and individuals who were significant contributors to its rise in America.
        The second link is to an article about a far right party gaining power in

       Prejudice: My cereal is racist


       Prejudice: NAACP warns Blacks against traveling on American Airlines


       The organizations warns that flying American could subject
       African-Americans to "disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions."

       Prejudice: Reverse stereotype threat in chess


       "Women chess players perform better against men than against other women."

       Prejudice:  "Move to Hawaii, become less racist"


       A naturally occurring "experiment" found that White college students became
       less racist after nine months on the islands.

       Social Judgment: "How brain activity can predict your vote on Brexit"


       Social Judgment:  Believers in conspiracies and the paranormal tend to...


       ... see patterns which don't exist in everyday phenomenon such as coin
       tosses, according to this research.

       Social Judgment:  How many regular folk does it take to screw over an


       Okay, that's not quite what this interesting research asked, but rather,
       how many everyday opinions does it take to outweigh the word of an expert.
        How many of your students would have to disagree with you before the other
       students believed them over you?  Yeah, probably a lot fewer than they
       found in this study.

       Social Judgment: "Do broader faces signal antisocial traits?  Maybe not."


       We last left our heroes (psychological scientists) explaining why another
       of their long-standing and often cherished findings (see stereotype threat
       above) may not always or actually be true.  This article suggests that
       another such finding, that faces with broad width-to-height ratio may not
       be correlated with greater aggression, perceived aggressiveness, or other
       similar traits as previous research suggested.  That's the way science
       works, folks.  But we might heed the above advice under Methods on
       increasing the power of our studies.  I'm guessing broader-faced
       researchers are likely most negligent in this regard.

       Social Judgment: Richard Thaler wins Nobel Prize in Economics


       for his work on how our behavior is often irrational, but predictably

       The Self:  "African farmers' kids conquer the marshmallow test"


       Apparently they are the first group of non-Western kids assessed on this
       delay of gratification test, and the first of any group to have a majority
       wait for the second treat.

Technology in Teaching


         Gender & Culture:  Teaching gender-based analysis


         This article describes and links to videos that can be used to teach students
how "to assess how gender norms and assumptions enter and impact the research process."
 The project was funded through the APS Teaching and Public Understanding of    

         Psychological Science grants program, generously founded by subscriber David

         Social Judgment:  "How you really make decisions" (53:53)


         A long but very interesting review of research on decision making

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
       ([hidden email]) or by replying to this message.


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