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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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Exposure, similarity and other elements of attraction||Definition 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|
|Tuesday||Physical traits and the Halo Effect||Summary 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|
|Wednesday||Sternberg'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|
|Thursday||Social 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|
|Friday||Evolutionary 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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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