Dodge's Social Information-Processing Model: The Five Stages


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Diane meets her new neighbor for the first time, and notices that she is greeted with a smile. Which stage of social information processing is represented here?

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1. If Diane sees her neighbor's smile and believes it means the neighbor is happy to see her, what stage of social information processing would Diane be in?

2. Interpreting her neighbor's smile to mean she is happy to see her, Diane feels a sense of well being. Which stage of social information processing does this physical response represent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet can gauge your understanding of social information processing, as well as topics dealing with aggression.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Response accessing
  • Considering several actions before settling on one
  • Reasons why people act aggressively in certain situations

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet combo can help you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as response accessing
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept on Dodge's Social Information-Processing model
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about aggression

Additional Learning

To learn more about Social Information Processing, review the corresponding lesson on Dodge's Social Information-Processing Model: The Five Stages. This lesson will help you:

  • Explain why aggression takes place
  • Identify stages of social information processing
  • Learn what contributions Dr. Kenneth Dodge made
  • Determine the characteristics of encoding