Ch 3: Social Cognition & Perception in Social Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Social Cognition and Perception chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the meaning and modes of functioning of concepts such as knowledge organization and the priming effect 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 Social Cognition and Perception 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 Knowledge organization: schemata and scripts;
The priming effect: accessibility, priming and perceptual salience
The definition of schemata and its pros and cons;
An explanation of these concepts
Tuesday Self-fulfilling prophecies in psychology: definition and examples;
Types of heuristics: availability, representativeness and base-rate
A look at how expectations can affect the outcome of a situation;
The various categories of these thinking strategies
Wednesday Low-effort vs. high-effort thinking: advantages and disadvantages;
Counterfactual thinking, thought suppression and the rebound effect
The processes involved in automatic and intentional thinking;
The effects of these forms of thinking
Thursday The covariation model of attribution: definition and steps Distinction, consensus and consistency
Friday Cultural differences in attributional patterns The personal and external factors that determine peoples' behaviors

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Social Cognition & Perception in Social Psychology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Knowledge Organization: Schemata and Scripts

1. Knowledge Organization: Schemata and Scripts

How does your mind organize the world? When you see a new animal, can you easily tell if it's a bird, mammal or fish? Categories and mental structures, such as types of animals, are called schemata. This lesson discusses different types of schemata and why they are important.

The Priming Effect: Accessibility, Priming & Perceptual Salience

2. The Priming Effect: Accessibility, Priming & Perceptual Salience

The priming effect is an interesting cognitive process studied by social psychologists. We discuss the effect in this lesson, along with several key terms that are important in understanding the phenomenon: schemata, accessibility, priming, and perceptual salience.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Psychology: Definition & Examples

3. Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Psychology: Definition & Examples

Self-fulfilling prophecies occur more often than you'd think. In this lesson, we discuss this phenomenon and explain how it's due to a cognitive error. We also go over some classic studies as well as real-life examples.

Types of Heuristics: Availability, Representativeness & Base-Rate

4. Types of Heuristics: Availability, Representativeness & Base-Rate

Did you know that our brain uses strategies to process information and draw conclusions? Although we're able to reach conclusions through these mental strategies, sometimes, our reasoning can be off. Read on to discover how our brain draws these conclusions and why they can be wrong.

Low-Effort vs. High-Effort Thinking: Advantages & Disadvantages

5. Low-Effort vs. High-Effort Thinking: Advantages & Disadvantages

Our cognitive wheels are always in motion, even if we don't realize it. In this lesson, we discuss thinking and differentiate between low-effort and high-effort thinking. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type of thinking.

Counterfactual Thinking, Thought Suppression & the Rebound Effect

6. Counterfactual Thinking, Thought Suppression & the Rebound Effect

In this lesson, we define counterfactual thinking and discuss the effects of this cognitive process. We also define and discuss thought suppression and its rebound effect, as well as look at a classic study on the subject.

The Covariation Model of Attribution: Definition & Steps

7. The Covariation Model of Attribution: Definition & Steps

In this lesson, we discuss Kelley's Covariation Model of Attribution, including examples of each of the types of information involved: consensus, distinctiveness, and consistency.

Cultural Differences in Attributional Patterns

8. Cultural Differences in Attributional Patterns

Why do people act the way they do? There are many factors. In this lesson, we discuss how cultural differences can determine attributional patterns. We define internal and external attributions and discuss the attributional tendencies of individualistic cultures compared to collectivistic cultures.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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