About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Intro to 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||Intro to social psychology||Kurt Lewin, behavior and perception|
|Tuesday||Stereotypes and attitudes||Cognitive schemas, stereotypes, social identity, cognitive and other attitude components, Bandura's Social Cognitive Learning Theory and vicarious learning; social norms|
|Wednesday||Attraction and attribution||Bases for interpersonal attraction, intelligence, Sternberg's model, Fritz Heider, attribution theory and self-serving bias|
|Thursday||Persuasion, obedience and group behavior||Peer pressure, conformity, unanimous beliefs, Asch's line conformity experiment, Milgram's obedience study, social loafing; drive theory; stages of group development; groupthink|
|Friday||Aggression and altruism||Frontal lobe and aggression; frustration-aggression hypothesis, social learning explanation of aggression; biological instincts; social exchange theory|
1. Introduction to Social Psychology: Kurt Lewin & Modern Uses
What is social psychology and how is it used? This lesson offers an introduction to the social influences, as well as the group and individual behaviors, covered by this field.
2. What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation
Stereotyping is something we do daily, even if we don't realize it. By classifying groups of people, we can better understand the world around us, although prejudice may be a result. In this lesson, we'll watch Amy categorize strangers she sees on a bus and determine the reasons why humans tend to stereotype.
3. Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement
Have you ever wondered how your attitudes are formed and how they affect your behavior? In this lesson, we'll take a look at some of the internal and external factors that form our attitudes and how our behavior can be affected or changed by various influences.
4. Attraction: Types, Cultural Differences & Interpersonal Attraction
What makes people attractive? In this lesson, you'll start with physical attributes and look beyond to other factors that determine attraction. Get ready to explore the love triangle!
5. Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors
Do you attribute your success to your abilities and failure to outside forces? You'll explore possible ways of weighing personal responsibility and environmental factors when trying to determine what caused an outcome.
6. Understanding Strategies of Persuasion in Psychology
How are we persuaded to change our attitudes or behave in a certain way? In this lesson, you'll see four strategies of persuasion that can be used in a variety of social situations.
7. Conformity: Social Pressure, Solomon Asch & Cultural Influence
Why do we conform? How do factors like group size and social status affect the likelihood of conformity? In this lesson, you'll explore two types of conformity.
8. Obedience & Authority in Psychology: Stanley Milgram's Experiment
What types of social situations make it more likely that we'll obey authority? You'll observe Milgram's electric shock experiment and what it revealed about the relationship between obedience and authority.
9. Group Behavior in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences
Do individuals behave differently in groups than they would on their own? How do group dynamics affect our decision-making skills? You'll learn about the benefits and potential pitfalls than can come from belonging to a group.
10. Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences
What roles do nature and nurture play in aggressive tendencies? You'll explore origins of aggression and how acceptance of this behavior may differ among societies.
11. What is Altruism in Social Psychology? - Origins & Social Influence
Why do we help others, and when do we decide not to help others? In this lesson, you'll take a look at the biological and social motivation behind altruism.
12. What are Community Helpers?
Did you know that garbage collectors, security guards, and teachers are all community helpers? Learn more about community helpers from this lesson, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
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