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Social Psychology
Week 11
Are you a conformist, or do you resist going along with the crowd? Would you help in an
In this topic, we will
discuss Chapter 12 Social
Psychology in your textbook.
Up until this point in our
studies we have examined the
psychological processes of
individuals. In Chapter 12 we
will learn how an individual is
influenced by social situations.
First we will explore the
factors which influence our
perceptions of others. You
may be surprised to learn that
our impression of others is
often independent of the
characteristics of the person
we are judging.
Social situations can influence our behaviors.
Next, we will discuss the topic of attributions. Attributions influence how we explain our behavior
and the behavior of others.
We will also discuss the topic of attitudes. Attitudes are learned ways of judging people and
situations. Attitudes can be positive, negative or ambivalent. Attitudes affect our behavior and in
turn, our behavior can affect our attitudes.
In Chapter 12 we will learn about specific attitudes such as prejudice. We will discover possible
causes of prejudice and ways to reduce prejudice.
In Chapter 12 we will learn about the factors that influence conformity, and how culture impacts
this behavior. We will also read about the controversial obedience study of Stanley Milgram.
Other topics discussed in this chapter include altruism and how groups can influence individual
After completing the learning activities for this topic, you will be able to:
Discuss the principles that influence our perceptions of others.
Compare the concepts of social categorization and implicit personality theories.
Describe the biases which affect the attribution process.
Contrast how attitudes affect behavior vs how behavior affects attitudes.
Explain the concept of prejudice and how stereotypes relate to prejudice.
Identify ways to overcome prejudice.
Distinguish conformity from obedience and discuss the famous studies associated with
these concepts.
Explain the conditions under which helping behavior is most likely to occur.
Describe how groups can influence individual behavior.
Activities Checklist
To meet the learning objectives for this topic, you will complete these activities. Print this page
and use it as a checklist.
Review the Introduction and Objectives page
Read Chapter Twelve: Social Psychology in your textbook.
Complete the assignments on the Learning Activities page.
Complete the assignment: PsychSim 5 Reflection Questions: Everybody's Doing It
Complete the assignment: Helping Behaviors Discussion Forum
Learning Activities
Go to the publisher's web site and take the Practice Quiz over Chapter Twelve.
Watch the videos about Obedience and Authority:
Conversation with Dr. Zimbardo
Milgram's Obedience Studies (1 of 3)
Milgram's Obedience Studies (2 of 3)
Milgram's Obedience Studies (3 of 3)
Bystander Effect - The Murder of Kitty Genoves
PsychSim5: Everybody’s Doing It