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Ch 6: Group Decisions in Social Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Group Decisions in Social Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about group behaviors and roles 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 Group Decisions 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
MondayGroup Psychology: Disagreements and Influences Definition and role of idiosyncrasy credits in group disagreements; decision-making influence of minority members on the majority of a group
TuesdayGroup and Social Norms Definitions and differences between descriptive and injunctive group norms; application of Asch's line experiment to social norms
WednesdaySocial Roles and the Power of Obedience Overviews of Philip Zimbardo's prison experiment and Stanley Milgram's study of obedience in relation to the history and modern ethics associated with social psychology
ThursdayGroupthink and Leadership Styles Differences among authoritarian, democratic and laissez-faire leadership styles; examples of the psychological occurrence known as groupthink
FridayInfluence of Groups and the Prisoner's Dilemma Definitions of social facilitation and loafing; use of the prisoner's dilemma game in explaining cooperation, or lack of cooperation, between individuals

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Group Decisions in Social Psychology Lesson Plans
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How to Disagree with the Group: Examples of Idiosyncrasy Credits

1. How to Disagree with the Group: Examples of Idiosyncrasy Credits

In this lesson, you will learn about idiosyncrasy credit and the power it gives someone to disagree with the group. You will also learn how idiosyncrasy credit provides minority group members influence over majority decisions.

Group Psychology: Minority vs. Majority Influence

2. Group Psychology: Minority vs. Majority Influence

How would you change a belief or opinion of the majority to match your own? Is it even possible? Serge Moscovici believed it is and further stated that all progress is a result of the minority influence over the majority.

Injunctive and Descriptive Group Norms: Definitions, Differences & Examples

3. Injunctive and Descriptive Group Norms: Definitions, Differences & Examples

What is normal? Some people consider it normal to do the same thing everyone else is doing. Others may consider it normal to do what is proper, or expected. Discover why each is an example of using either an injunctive or a descriptive norm.

Asch's Line Experiment: Conformity and Social Norms

4. Asch's Line Experiment: Conformity and Social Norms

Would you change a belief or opinion to fit in with a group? Solomon Asch believed that most people would conform just to go along with the social norm, and he conducted an experiment to test his theory.

Social Roles: Philip Zimbardo's Prison Experiment

5. Social Roles: Philip Zimbardo's Prison Experiment

Philip Zimbardo ran a notorious experiment, simulating a prison scenario in the basement of a Stanford University building. As a result of the experiment, psychologists learned how situations affect behavior and the importance of ethics in psychology.

Stanley Milgram: Experiment & Obedience

6. Stanley Milgram: Experiment & Obedience

Learn about Stanley Milgram's famous experiment on obedience to authority and what may determine obedience. Then, test yourself on why his experiment had such an impact in the psychology field.

Leadership Styles and Types: Authoritarian, Laissez-Faire & Democratic

7. Leadership Styles and Types: Authoritarian, Laissez-Faire & Democratic

Most of us are members of many different social groups, and several of those groups have leaders. In this lesson, we define and discuss both instrumental and expressive leadership in groups. We also cover three leadership decision-making styles: authoritarian, democratic, and laissez-faire.

Groupthink: Definition & Examples

8. Groupthink: Definition & Examples

Some groups are quick to make decisions to maintain cohesion, but this can be a critical mistake to make. This lesson explains the concept of groupthink using the Challenger explosion as an example.

Social Loafing & Social Facilitation: Definition and Effects of Groups

9. Social Loafing & Social Facilitation: Definition and Effects of Groups

Do you prefer to work in a group or by yourself? Why? Working in a group certainly has a number of advantages and disadvantages. In this lesson, we discuss three phenomena that can occur as a result of working in groups: groupthink, social loafing, and social facilitation.

What is the Prisoner's Dilemma? - Albert Tucker & Game Theory

10. What is the Prisoner's Dilemma? - Albert Tucker & Game Theory

Do you make decisions based on your own self- interest? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the famous 'prisoner's dilemma' game to see if individuals, when faced with a competitive or cooperative decision, will choose selfish or selfless outcomes.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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