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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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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