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Ch 9: Applied Social Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Applied Social Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the theories that explain why people react as they do in various social situations. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Applied Social Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Prosocial behavior Altruism, prosocial behavior, empathy-altruism, kin selection, altruistic personality, the reciprocity norm, the effects of cultural differences and gender on prosocial behavior, the negative state relief theory and positive moods
Tuesday What makes people help one another? The bystander effect: the Kitty Genovese murder, Latane and Darley's criteria of help, Batson's empathy-altruism hypothesis, pluralistic ignorance, urban overload, diffusion of responsibility, predictors of more or less help in certain locations, and the social exchange theory
Wednesday Memories and environmental stimuli Aronson's research on shower usage, social psychology phenomena, Loftus' theories on the misinformation effect, eyewitness unreliability, false confessions, and recovered memories
Thursday Punishment and behavioral control Deterrence theory, controlling behavior through punishments, perceptions of control during stressful ordeals, Seligman's research concerning learned helplessness, human reactions to stress, and depression
Friday Happiness and support Stress control strategies, self-efficacy, external and internal loci of control, factors of happiness, materialism, the necessity of social support, and types of social support

15 Lessons in Chapter 9: Applied Social Psychology Lesson Plans
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Altruism and Prosocial Behavior: Definition & Predictors

1. Altruism and Prosocial Behavior: Definition & Predictors

Prosocial behavior is any action intended to help others. One motivation for prosocial behavior is altruism, or the desire to help others with no expectation of reward. In this lesson, we explore prosocial behavior and the elements that social psychologists have identified as predicting it.

Prosocial Behavior: How Gender and Culture Predict Helping

2. Prosocial Behavior: How Gender and Culture Predict Helping

Social psychologists have found that both gender and culture help to predict people's prosocial behavior. In this lesson, we look at both of these factors and how they affect helping behaviors.

How Positive Moods and Negative State Relief Affect Prosocial Behavior

3. How Positive Moods and Negative State Relief Affect Prosocial Behavior

Your mood, good or bad, affects whether you are willing to engage in prosocial behavior. In this lesson, we look at how and why mood can determine whether people help others.

Defining the Bystander Effect: Kitty Genovese Murder & Research by Latane and Darley

4. Defining the Bystander Effect: Kitty Genovese Murder & Research by Latane and Darley

In 1964, Kitty Genovese was murdered outside her New York apartment building. Some of her neighbors heard her screams but didn't call for help. This lesson explains the social phenomenon known as the bystander effect, which helps to explain why Genovese's neighbors didn't help her.

Social Exchange Theory vs. Empathy-Altruism

5. Social Exchange Theory vs. Empathy-Altruism

Social psychologists disagree on why people help others. Two theories on the subject are social exchange theory and the empathy-altruism hypothesis. In this lesson, we'll learn more about each of these theories.

Urban Overload, Pluralistic Ignorance & Diffusion of Responsibility: Definition and Effect on Helping

6. Urban Overload, Pluralistic Ignorance & Diffusion of Responsibility: Definition and Effect on Helping

Studies have shown that people in large cities are less likely to help people out than people in small towns. In this lesson, we'll learn why this is by looking at the theories of urban overload, pluralistic ignorance, and diffusion of responsibility.

Social Psychology and its Applications in Environmental Efforts

7. Social Psychology and its Applications in Environmental Efforts

Social psychologists have used information from their experiments to change people's behaviors in an effort to save the environment. In this lesson, we'll look at several psychological principles and how they can be applied to environmental efforts.

The Misinformation Effect and Eyewitness Accounts

8. The Misinformation Effect and Eyewitness Accounts

Many crimes are prosecuted on the basis of eyewitness testimony. But how accurate are eyewitness accounts? The misinformation effect and source monitoring are two psychological principles that explain how sometimes witnesses can be mistaken.

Recovered Memories, False Confessions & the Misinformation Effect

9. Recovered Memories, False Confessions & the Misinformation Effect

The misinformation effect occurs when people are given misleading information that changes their memory of events. It can cause issues with two phenomena in the legal system: recovered memories and false confessions. In this lesson, we'll look at both in more detail.

Deterrence Theory of Punishment: Definition & Effect on Law Obedience

10. Deterrence Theory of Punishment: Definition & Effect on Law Obedience

Deterrence theory says that people obey the law because they are scared of getting caught and being punished. In this lesson, we'll look more closely at deterrence theory and how it relates to drunk driving and the death penalty.

Perceived Behavioral Control: Definition and Relation to Stress

11. Perceived Behavioral Control: Definition and Relation to Stress

How much control over a situation we believe we have, also called our perceived control, helps reduce stress and has many other health benefits. In this lesson, we'll look at studies that demonstrate the powerful effect perceived control can have on our health.

Learned Helplessness: Seligman's Theory and Depression

12. Learned Helplessness: Seligman's Theory and Depression

Learned helplessness is when people feel helpless to avoid negative situations because previous experience has shown them that they do not have control. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the causes and effects of learned helplessness.

Self-Efficacy and Locus of Control: Definition and Meaning

13. Self-Efficacy and Locus of Control: Definition and Meaning

Self-efficacy is the belief that you can succeed in a specific area of your life, and locus of control is how much control you feel like you have over a situation. What do these two things have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore them both and how they relate to each other.

Research on Happiness: What Makes People Happy?

14. Research on Happiness: What Makes People Happy?

Research has found that there are several things that make people happy. Scientists have also discovered that most people don't do a good job of predicting what will make them happy. In this lesson, we'll look at what causes happiness, the relationship of money to happiness, and how accurate people are at making predictions about happiness.

Social Support and Stress: Emotional vs. Instrumental Support

15. Social Support and Stress: Emotional vs. Instrumental Support

Social support is an important tool for coping with stress. There are two main and contradicting hypotheses about the role of social support in stressful situations: the buffering hypothesis and the main effects hypothesis. In this lesson, we'll learn more about social support and its effects on stress.

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