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PSYCH 3110: Social Psychology, week 7 notes

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Date Created: 02/28/16
PSYCH 3110: Social Psychology. Spring Semester 2016 Week 7 Ingroup vs. Outgroup  Categorize people as my group or not-my-group  Homogeneity effect- everyone who is not in your group; you see them as ones with no identity since they are not in your group o You get to know the people in your ingroup and don’t worry about the people in the outgroup  Ingroup favoritism- we favor our own ingroup Predicting our thoughts and behavior  Emotional impact of events and how long these emotions will last are often overestimated  Why? o We are able to adjust o Other things are happening at the same time o Immune neglect- people ignoring the psychological immune system Predicting behavior  Planning fallacy- underestimation of how long it will take to complete a task Recalling the past  Memory is fallible o Because it is a reconstructive process  Elizabeth Loftus car crash study o Simple re-wording can influence memory (via constructive memory formation) o Leading questions can also influence memory o Implications for eyewitness testimony Autobiographical memory  Even memories of our own lives can be victim to outside influences  We form Self schemas- memories, feelings, and beliefs about ourselves that form an integrated whole  Elizabeth Loftus mall study o We can induce false memories So what’s the problem?  Recovered memory phenomenon- people remember horrifying childhood events that were previously unavailable o Did they actually happen?  No evidence for yes or no Biases  Confirmation biases- tendency to seek confirmation of initial impression or beliefs  Hindsight bias- our tendency to overestimate our powers of prediction once we know the outcome o “I could’ve told you that” o Usually erroneous Cognition is conservative  First info received is most influential  Easily accessible categories are overused  Heuristics are misused  Stereotypes distort information processing  Memory get reconstructed How to prevent conservatism  1. Be skeptical of those creating categories  2. Use multiple categories  3. Think of people/events as unique  4. Remember, you might be wrong Attitudes and behavior  Attitudes do not always match behavior o Chinese couple at hotel  1920s (racist south), called hotels for a Chinese couple and 90% said they could not stay, the Chinese couple went in the hotel and asked and all but 1 hotel let them stay  Why? o The power of the situation Attitude accessibility  The strength of the association between an object and your evaluation of it  The more accessible an attitude is, the more likely we use it to assess a situation  Highly accessible attitudes guide behavior Explaining behavior  Fundamental attribution error- overestimate the importance of personality or dispositional factors relative to situational or environmental influences when describing causes of behavior o Social roles need to be considered to avoid this o 2 step attribution process  1. Attribute to the individual: automatic  2. Adjust for the situation: controlled, accurate and right  Actor-observer bias- we attribute our own actions to the situation, but the same actions by others are attributed to personality o Based on where our attention of focused o To eliminate it, change your perspective Self biases o Egocentric thought- we perceive ourselves as more central to an event than we really are  Creates an illusion of control  Creates illusion of transparency (thinking that people can easily tell how we are feeling) o Self serving bias- tendency to perceive oneself favorably  Successes are because of us, failures are because of the situation  Ego-defensive behavior  But it can also be maladaptive What can change how we view the world? o Our mental health o Mental disorders such as depression have been extensively studied due to how they distort our social views o Possibly more realistic o Depressive realism o Sadder-but-wiser effect Self-justification and cognitive dissonance Self-justification  Justifying one’s actions to maintain self-esteem  Done to avoid uncomfortable feelings  Dissonance- when two things don’t go together  Cognitive dissonance- a state of tension that occurs whenever an individual simultaneously holds 2 cognitions that re psychologically inconsistent o Theory by Leon Festinger o We will adjust our cognitions to make ourselves more comfortable o We will justify because we are “rationalizing” begins Decrease dissonance  Update your belief  Update your actions  Lower your expectations Rational:  Ego-defensive o Keeps a positive image of one’s self  A way for us to make sense of the world Irrational:  Keeps us from learning the facts  Doesn’t always necessarily make sense You (for your case) Them Plausible (argument) Increases (memory) Decreases (memory) Implausible Decrease (memory) Increase (memory) Dissonance in the lab setting  Jones and Kohler o More likely to remember:  Rational arguments for your side  Implausible arguments from the other side


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