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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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Group 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|
|Tuesday||Group and Social Norms||Definitions and differences between descriptive and injunctive group norms; application of Asch's line experiment to social norms|
|Wednesday||Social 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|
|Thursday||Groupthink and Leadership Styles||Differences among authoritarian, democratic and laissez-faire leadership styles; examples of the psychological occurrence known as groupthink|
|Friday||Influence 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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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