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Ch 7: Attraction & Close Relationships in Social Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Attraction and Close Relationships in Social Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach why humans are attracted to one another in your classroom. 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 Attraction and Close Relationships in 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayExposure, similarity and other elements of attractionDefinition and examples of mere exposure; overview of the Festinger study of the Propinquity Effect and its support of mere exposure; explanation and examples of similarity; reciprocal liking and ingratiation in relation to attraction
TuesdayPhysical traits and the Halo EffectSummary of the 'Babyface' phenomenon; facial symmetry and waist-to-hip ratios in relationship to physical attractiveness; explanation of the Halo Effect, including its pros and cons
WednesdaySternberg's Triangular Theory of Love
The Equity Theory of Love: definitions and examples
Examination of Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love, with an emphasis on the eight different kinds of love; exploration of the Equity Theory of Love, or equality in relationships
ThursdaySocial Exchange and Attachment Theories of Love: definition and examples Social exchange in love, including benefits and costs of relationships; characteristics of the three attachment styles associated with love
FridayEvolutionary Theory of Love and ending relationships Attraction, jealousy and promiscuity in relationship to the evolutionary theory of love; the detachment process, disengagement strategies and factors that lead to the end of relationships

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: Attraction & Close Relationships in Social Psychology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Mere Exposure and the Propinquity Effect: Theory & Examples

1. Mere Exposure and the Propinquity Effect: Theory & Examples

Close relationships are a huge topic of study for social psychologists. How do we meet the people who become our friends and lovers? Why do we like certain people more than others? In this lesson, we focus on that last question. We discuss the mere exposure effect and the propinquity effect and how both impact our liking and affection for other people.

Similarity, Reciprocal Liking and Ingratiation: Definition & Examples

2. Similarity, Reciprocal Liking and Ingratiation: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we continue examining the question of why we like - and are attracted to - certain individuals more than others. We define and discuss the concepts of similarity, reciprocal liking, and ingratiation, and how they affect our attraction to others.

Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Ratios & the ''Babyface'' Phenomenon

3. Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Ratios & the ''Babyface'' Phenomenon

Physical traits are more important to attraction than many of us would care to admit. In this lesson, we discuss cross-cultural similarities in traits considered physically attractive, including symmetry, waist-to-hip and waist-to-shoulder ratios, and the 'baby face' phenomenon.

The Halo Effect: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

4. The Halo Effect: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Multiple studies have shown just how much attractiveness matters in our society, even when it shouldn't. In this lesson, we define and discuss the halo effect and how a person's looks can affect our assumptions about that person.

Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

5. Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

Love is an important and complex topic of study for social psychologists. In this lesson, we begin our discussion about love with Robert Sternberg's triangular theory of love. We define each of his eight types of love and identify real-world examples.

The Equity Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

6. The Equity Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

Sometimes, love isn't enough to sustain a relationship. In this lesson, we discuss the importance of equality in a relationship by defining equity theory. We go through the theory's proposals and how it predicts when we are most likely to stay in certain relationships.

Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions

7. Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions

In this lesson, we define and discuss social exchange theory and what it predicts about romantic relationships. We also define and discuss the theory's three components: cost-benefit analysis, comparison level, and comparison level of alternatives.

The Attachment Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

8. The Attachment Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

We discuss the attachment theory of love in this lesson, and distinguish between the three types of attachment styles. We also examine a classic study and how it predicts adult relationships based on attachment style.

The Evolutionary Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

9. The Evolutionary Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

In this lesson, we define and discuss evolutionary psychology's theory of love. We also examine the theory's predictions when it comes to differences between a male and female's motivation behind attraction, promiscuity, and jealousy.

Ending Relationships, Disengagement Strategies & the Detachment Process

10. Ending Relationships, Disengagement Strategies & the Detachment Process

Unfortunately, the fact that romantic relationships end is just a part of life. In this lesson, we discuss some of the most common disengagement strategies that social psychologists have identified. We also discuss the detachment process that we all experience as part of a break-up.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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