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PSYC 2740 midterm 1 Study guide
Social Psychology
Garrido, Edward
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PSYC 2740 Study guide 1 Flawed or clever thinking? • Standard view ◦ People think in order to find the truth Thinking suffers from mistakes and shortcomings (e.g. laziness and motivated biases) • Alternate view ◦ People think to argue with others and convince them of their side, rather than figure out  the truth alone.  Shortcuts and heuristics actually work well.  (So­Called) Errors and Biases • Two types of information ◦ Statistical information and case history • Confirmation bias: Tendency to search for information that confirms one’s beliefs ◦ Ignore information that disconfirms it.  • Illusory correlation: tendency to overestimate link between variables that are related only  slightly or not at all.  • Base rate fallacy: ignore or underuse base rate information ◦ Be influenced by distinctive features of the case being judges • Gambler’s fallacy and the hot hand ◦ Hot hand: luck will continue ◦ Gambler’s fallacy: chance event is affected by previous events and will “even out" • False consensus effect ◦ Overestimate the number of people who share one’s opinions, attitudes, values, and  beliefs • False uniqueness effect ◦ Underestimate the number of people who share one’s prized characteristics or abilities.  • Perseverance of theories ◦ Theory perseverance: once a conclusion is drawn, it is only changed by overwhelming  evidence.  • Statistical regression ◦ Tendency for extreme scores or be savior to be followed by others closer to average.  • Illusion of control ◦ A false belief that one can influence events • Counterfactual thinking ◦ Imagining alternatives to past or present events or circumstances First instinct fallacy Upward and fawn ward counterfactuals.  Are most people really just kind of stupid? • People make many cognitive errors ◦ Not random; quite predictable • More important decisions ◦ Deliberate system is used and less errors occur • Reducing cognitive errors ◦ Debasing: deliberate recessing ◦ Meta­congnitin: reflection Emotion Introduction • Charles Booher: dealing with spam ◦ Reacted to barrage of spam by threatening to kill company employees sending it • Brad Turotte reacted to getting spam in a much different way ◦ Used the emails to write songs and was able to make money.  What is emotion? • Key concepts ◦ EmotionL conscious evaluative reaction to some event ◦ Mood: feeling state that is not clearly linked to some event ◦ Affect automatic response that something is good or bad ◦ Conscious emotion: powerful and clearly unified feeling state (E.g. anger or joy) Some important Emotions • Happiness ◦ Measured by affect balance: frequency of positive minus frequency of negative emotions ◦ Life satisfaction: evaluation one’s life compared to some standard ◦ Objective versus subjective roots of happiness.  • Increasing happiness ◦ Exercise and good health might impact longevity • Happy all the time ◦ Happy people: more likely to get married and have children ◦ Extremely happy people: actually less healthy, more rigid, and prone to overlook danger.  • Anger: emotional response to a real or imagined threat or provocation ◦ Approach and avoidance tendencies Anger signals approach: confronting a problem ◦ Seems maladaptive, but may be an important social sense.  • Dealing with anger ◦ Repression, venting, trying to get rid of anger (e.g.mental tactics, distraction, behaviors. ) Self Awareness Theory Fluctuating Image(s) of Self • Phenomenal self (Working self­concept) ◦ Image of self that are currently active • Different situations call up different parts of self­knowledge into the phenomenal self ◦ Heightened awareness of aspects of yourself are associated with differences in the group  around you.  Why people Seek Self­Knowledge • Thirst for self­knowledge ◦ Evolutionary origins • Appraisal motive ◦ Looking for the truth about oneself • Self­enhancement motive ◦ Looking for flattering aspects of oneself • consistency motive ◦ Looking for confirmation about current beliefs about oneself.  When Motives Compete • Appraisal motive ◦ Weakest motive • Self­enhancement motive ◦ Strongest motive • Consistency motive ◦ Second preference Self­knowledge and the Duplex Mind • Automatics egotism: response by automatic system ◦ Everything good is me; everything bad is not me.  • Modesty: Conscious override of automatic egotism ◦ Overcome impulse to offer a more humble account.  Self and information Processing • Anything that touches the self... ◦ More important than things that do not touch it • Self­reference effect ◦ Information relating to self is processed more deeply and remembered better. • Endowment effect ◦ Items gain in value to person who owns them.   Can the self­Concept Change? • Identity slowly changes over time ◦ Children add new knowledge and skills ◦ Adults take up new hobbies or break bad habit ◦ Our body changes throughout our life • Revising self­knowledge ◦ Change how you think • Changing the looking glass ◦ What goes on inside the person is mainly there to serve interpersonal processes • Promoting change ◦ Best to enlist support • New self, new story ◦ People tend to revise their stories once the self­concept has changed.  Self­esteem • How favorably someone evaluates himself or herself ◦ High Self­esteem: competent , likable, attractive, and moral good.  ◦ Low self­esteem: incompetent , ugly, unlikable, and morally wicked.  Reality and illusion • “Positive illusions” of moral people ◦ Overestimating good qualities ◦ Overestimating one's How People fool themselves • People use self­deception strategies to maintain a positive outlook ◦ Using self­serving bias 倾倾 ◦ Being more skeptical of bad feedback ◦ Remembering good things more ◦ Making comparisons with those slightly worse.  Tradeoffs: Self ­ Handicapping • Self­handicapping: drinking or doing some other activity that will inhibit performance ◦ Failure can be blamed on the obstacle Example: Drunk purple do not perform as well as sober ones.  ◦ Success assumes higher competence Extra credit for success Benefits of Self­Esteem • High Self­esteem often amounts to nothing more than a false belief that one is superior ◦ Students with big self­esteem do have slightly higher grades, but high self­esteem does  not lead to good grades.  • Two main benefits of high self­esteem ◦ Having imitative and feeling good.  Is high self­esteem always good? • Negative aspects of high self­esteem  ◦ Narcissism倾倾倾倾: Excessive self­love and a selfish orientation Not the same as high self­esteem, but related ◦ Higher prejudices 倾倾 ◦ Poorer relationship partners ◦ Antisocial actions ◦ Persistence in the face of failure.  Pursuing Self­Esteem • Harmful consequences of pursuing self­esteem ◦ Taking the easy rode to ensure success ◦ Needing to meeting expectations of others ◦ Weakening individual intrinsic motivation ◦ Impairing learning ◦ Damaging relationships ◦ Potentially harmful to health.  Self­Presentation • Behaviors that convey an image to others • Include a wide range of actions ◦ Explicit statements about the self (I forgive but I don’t forget) ◦ How you dress or what car you drive.  ◦ Trying to hide your fear or anger so there think you are cool.  Who’s Looking? Motivation behind • Focus on self­esteem ◦ Behavior remains the same when someone else is watching • Focus on what others think ◦ Behavior changes when someone else is watching.  Making an impression • Claiming identity ◦ People Aspire to many identities Claims require social validation ◦ People use self­presentation to advance their claims to identity ◦ People will change their behavior to claim an identity.  • Tradeoff: Favorability versus plausibility ◦ People present themselves in the best possible light Within plausible range • What about modesty? ◦ More natural and common among friends Helps people get along better ◦ Many be the default or automatic response Friends are familiar with faults and failures.  Self­Presentation and Risky Behavior • Self­presentation is very important ◦ Something people risk illness, injury, or even death in order to make a good impression ◦ Self­presentation can be stronger than self­preservation Another sign that the human psyche is designed to gain and keep a place in a social  group.  Non experimental Studies • Correlational approach: researcher does not control variables or random assignment ◦ weakness of approach: does not prove causation • Correlation: relationship between two variables ◦ Positive, negative, or no correlation ◦ computed by correlation coefficient • Survey research ◦ Random sample: each person has an equal chance of being selected ◦ Population: Total number of people  ◦ Reliability: Gives consistent results ◦ Validity: measures what it purports to measure How much of Social Psychology is true? • Self­correction nature of science ◦ Rel=plication: repeating studies corrects false theories over time • some issues: ◦ Reliance on student samples  ◦ cultural relativity: western cultures dominate research Cultural differences may be substantial and important Nature and social Behavior • Gender Identity ◦ Consider the case of Brenda: bro a boy, but raised as a girl after a botched circumcision 1 Never fit in; wanted to play rough games like the boys; became  rebellious. 倾倾 ◦ Additional cases revealed that others born as boys, but raised as girls, did not turn out to  be typical adult women 1 Some parts of who you are come from biology. • Nature defined: physical world around us, including its laws and processes ◦ Can help explain human behavior 1 Genes, hormones, brain structure, and other innate processes... • Charles Darwin: theory of evolution ◦ Focuses on how change occurs in nature • Natural selection decides which traits will endure, and which will disappear ◦ Survival: living lng enough to reproduce ◦ Mutation: new gene or combination of genes ◦ Reproduction: producing babies that also reproduce. • Social Animals: Humans are social animals ◦ Seek connections to others • Being social offers evolutionary benefits ◦ Find more food ◦ Mate and reproduce easier ◦ Alert each other to danger ◦ Take care of sick and injured.  • Cultural animal theory ◦ Evolution shaped the human psyche to enable humans to create and take part in culture • Culture is the essence of what makes us human • Important features of culture ◦ Shared ideas: brain puts special priority on information directly experienced as shared ◦ Culture as a social system: network linking many different people ◦ Culture as praxis: depends on shared ideas ◦ Culture, information, and meaningL encoding and sharing meaningful information.  • nature and culture interact to influence us ◦ Professional hockey players are more likely to be born in January because as kids, they  are in leagues with younger, smaller kids 1 Younger kids drop out more often 2 Older, larger, more coordinated kids get more attention from  coaches.  • Nature and culture shaping each other ◦ Nature shapes culture, an culture shapes nature • What makes cultural animals? ◦ Being a cultural animal is different than being a social animal 1 Division of Labor 2 Shared knowledge and communication 3 Ability to solve disagreements. • Cultural norms vary ◦ Sleeping habits: american generally do not sleep with their children in the same roon 1 In Japan, it is customary for children to sleep with their mother ◦ People do share some of the same experiences 1 Most people love their children, try to get enough to eat, and make  distinctions between right and wrong.  The Duplex Mind • Two Systems ◦ Automatic System  (fast 2*3=6) 1 Outside of consciousness 2 Simple operatins 3 Always on, even in sleep 4 can do many things at once 5 Automatic system makes conscious thought possible 1 Serves the deliberate system ◦ Deliberate system (Slow) 1 Mostly operates in consciousness 2 Turns off during sleep  3 One thing per time 4 Deliberate system can suppress automatic urges 1 Vital to life in culture Putting People First • people look to each other first ◦ Solomon Asch: line­judging task 1 Participants were asked to look at which line fit best 2 Confederates in group gave wrong answer; many participants also  gave the wrong answer 3 Participants felt it was more important to be accepted by the group  than to be correct • Social psychology: Study of how people affect and are affected by others. ◦ Helps make sense of social world • Consider all options for every decision ◦ Example: coffee shop choices Type of milk, sweetness.. History of Social Psychology • Late:1800s: Two experiments point in opposite directions ◦ Norman Triplett: competition enhances performance. ◦ Max Ringelmann: as group size increased, individual effort decrease.  • 1908: Publication of social psychology textbooks ◦ Edward Ross, William McDougall • Twentieth Century: rapid changes and world events led to new ideas.  ◦ Gordon Allport: importance of attitudes ◦ Kurt Lewin: Behavior is a function of the person and situation ◦ Stanley Milgram: role of obedience (In light of World War II) • 1950s and 1960s: psychology divided into two camps ◦ Behaviorism: learning principles (e.g. rewards and punishments) ◦ Freudian psychoanalysis: individual experiences • Social Psychology: combines methods.  ◦ Uses scientific approaches to measure behavior, thoughts, feelings and inner states.  • Recent History ◦ Study of cognitive processes Attribution Theory ◦ Biological and evolutionary processes Social neuroscience ◦ The self Self­concept, self ­esteem, self ­presentation ◦ Group conflict Political, racial, and ethnic The ABCs • Affect­ influence • Behavior • Cognition Social Psychology’s Place in the World • Involved in the social sciences ◦ Anthropology 倾倾倾 ­ culture impact the choices and behavior. ◦ Economics ­ social choices, political idea, how to think, react. ◦ History ­ World War II ◦ Political science ◦ Sociology Subdisciplines 倾倾倾倾 of Psychology  • Social Psych is a subdisciplines of psychology • personality psychology: different people, thoughts Why study Social Psych ? • Curiosity about people • interest in experimental philosophy • Making the world better • Social psychology is fun How do social Psychologists Answer their Own Questions? • Accumulated common wisdom ◦ Adages are often contradictory ◦ Intuition is a poor method of discovering truth ◦ Commonsense may be a starting point for questions.  Scientific Method • Basic Steps: ◦ State the problem ◦ Formulate a testable hypothesis ◦ Design the study and collect data ◦ Test the hypothesis with data ◦ Communicate study results.  Scientific Theories • Theories constructs Linked in some logical • Frustration ­ Aggression Theory • Independent variable(Frustration)  ◦ Observable event that causes person to do something • Dependent Variable (Agression)  ◦ influence... • Construct validity of the cause ◦ Independent variable: theoretical stimulus • Construct Validity of the effect ◦ Dependent variale: Theoretical response • Scientific theories must be testable ◦ Define constructs operationally Research Design • Experiment ◦ Researcher controls procedures ◦ Participants are randomly assigned • Quasi ­ Experiment ◦ No random assignment • Internal validity ◦ Confidence that independent variable caused change in dependent variable. • Laboratory and field experiments ◦ Hig control level ◦  Field experiments: real ­world setting, less control ◦ Laboratory­ less real, high control Trade Offs • Potential harm on participants and potential benefits to society must be considered ◦ Institutional Review Board ◦ Consent Forms ◦ Demand Characteristics ◦ Debriefing


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