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PSYCH 3110: Social Psychology

by: Alison Carr

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Date Created: 02/19/16
PSYCH 3110: Social Psychology, Spring Semester 2016 Week 6  5. Obesity o 1/3 adult males in U.S. are obese o Gaming is linked to snacking o Obesity changes hormone levels  Decreased testosterone  Increased estrogen  Low blood flow  6. Excessive porn use o Availability and variety promote use o In 2013, Pornhub was the 35 most visited site for males  Ages 6-14  7. Over reliance on medication/drugs o Leads to apathy (lethargic) o Possible damage to nucleus accumbens (reward & motivation part of the brain) o 85% of all stimulant prescriptions are to young males o Medication can lead to recreational drug use Causes  Man in general has not changed  Environments and social conditions have been what has changed  These environments are where men must interact  1. Changed family dynamics o Smaller households o Larger classrooms o Less relationships with adult role models o 1/3 of boys grow up in a fatherless home o U.S. leads the world in fatherless homes o No male role model may lead to identity seeking through video games, drugs, or objectifying women o ½ of teens eat dinner with their family o Kids who do not eat “family dinner” are more likely to do drugs o Rates of single mothers are increasing o Often leads to a strained relationship (too little time to spend with the child)  Work  Other family members o 50% of marriages end in divorce  half of those end in the first 7 years o Rates increased with the “no-fault” divorce bill of 1969 o Related to the obesity epidemic?  2. Failing school system o Focus on rote memorization o Taking away gym and recess = no release of energy o Less than 1 in 9 teachers are males work ethic not emphasized  3. Environmental changes o Men are now less fertile than previous generations o Endocrine disruptors alter hormone levels  4. Technology enchantment o Technology obsession o Speed and visual stimuli engross us o No “reward” in looking at words o Technology provides instant gratification o Similar brain changes are seen in technology addiction as in drug addiction  5. Entitlement vs. reality o High school grades have inflated with no actual increase in performance o The Great Disappointment- the period around adolescence where an individual realizes they are not going to be “the next big thing”  Sets them up for failure o When there are more available women, men don’t have to try as hard  6. The rise of women o Since the 1960s, women’s earnings have increased 44%  Men’s 6% o How have women benefitted since then?  Legality of birth control pills  Title IX (1972)  Roe v. Wade (1973)  Family Medical Leave Act (1993) o 90% of young women in Japan believe staying single would be better than getting married  7. Patriarchy myths o Power- having control over one’s life and having access to fulfill personal experiences o Low income men = 54.7 years o Low income women = 57.3 years o High income men = 73 years o High income women = 80 years o Prostate cancer is diagnosed at higher rates than breast cancer  Breast cancer receives 2x research funding o 68% of the homeless population is male o Males die at higher rates in nearly all of the 15 top categories Solutions  1. What can he government do? o Emphasize the role of the father o Limit the use of endocrine disruptors o Get more men into the grade school teaching o Junk food out of school  2. What can schools do? o Teach “life schools” o Incorporate more technology learning o Stop grade inflation  3. What can men do? o Ease up on the porn o Manage time more efficiently o Play sports  Get good role models o Become friends with a female  4. What can the media do? o Represent men better in movies/tv o Improve dating websites o Change porn/video games  5. What can females do? o Communicate with your partner o Stop dating assholes Social Cognition What is social cognition?  The study of how people think about the social world and make decisions about social relevant events o Why is behavior to often irrational o Misinformation can be contagious o Superstitions are a form of this Rationalization of thought/behavior  We try to be rational, but aren’t all the time  Jeremy Bentham- we engage in felicific calculus (happiness calculation) to make decisions o Increase pleasure and minimize pain  Harold Kelley- people think like naïve scientists to explain others’ behavior  Rational thought requires: o Accurate information o Mental resources needed to process the info  Attribution process- the way in which we explain the behavior of others o Consistency- is it constantly happening? o Consensus- is everyone doing that one thing? Or just the one person? o Distinctiveness- is it a one-time thing for this one person? Types of thinking  Automatic thinking o Nonconscious o Unintentional o Involuntary o Effortless  Controlled thinking o Effortful and deliberate  Holistic thinking o Take in the whole aspect  Analytic thinking o Break it down into parts  Counterfactual thinking o What could’ve been? o Could I have done something to change the situation? What’s wrong with our thinking?  Cognitive misers- people act in ways to conserve energy o Ignore some information o Overuse other information o “Work smarter, not harder”  This is efficient, but leads to errors or biases Social context  The way things are presented and described  4 aspects: o Comparison of alternatives  Contrast effect- something seems better or worse due to comparisons to other objects o Thoughts primed by a situation  Priming- ideas that have been recently encountered or frequently activated will come to mind o How decisions are framed  Framing- whether a problem or decision id presented in such a way that it appears to represent that potential for loss or gain o Presentation of information  Order of information  Primacy effect is key  Amount of information  Dilution effect- the tendency for neutral and irrelevant info to weaken a judgment/impression Heuristics  Judgmental heuristics- mental shortcuts or “rule of thumb” o Not certain to get you answer o Very fast  Algorithm- a well-defined way to answer a problem o Will get your answer o Takes a longer time  The 3 heuristics: o Representative heuristic- we focus on the similarity of one object to another to infer that the first acts like the second o Availability heuristic- judgments are based on how easy it is for us to bring specific examples to mind  More easy to recall = more likely it seems o Attitude heuristic- we assess objects to either a favorable or unfavorable category  Halo effect- a general bias in which a favorable or unfavorable general impression of a person affects our inferences and future expectations about that person  False-consensus effect- tendency to overestimate the percentage of people who agree with us  False-uniqueness effect- we see out talents and moral behaviors, when good, as unique  When do we use heuristics? o 1. No time to think it over o 2. Information overload o 3. The decision isn’t important to us o 4. We don’t know much about it anyway Categorization and Expectations  Influences present and future actions  Can lead to stereotypes – generalizing general motives or characteristics to an entire group o Not always wrong or negative o Can also lead to expectations  Self-fulfilling Prophecy- the process that occurs when people: o Have an expectation about what another person is like, which then… o Influences how they act towards that person, and… o Causes that person to behave in a way that confirms those people’s original expectations  Illusory correlation o Tendency to perceive relationships between entities that we think should be related but in fact are not  This effect strengthens stereotypes


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