3A survey of experimental social psychology covering social phenomena related to the self, interpersonal relationships, and small groups.
At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to answer the following questions:
- What are the basic principles that underlie how we store and process information? Do they influence our understanding and experience of the social world?
- What determines how we feel towards something, or our motivation to engage in a certain behavior? Can that ever be measured in an objective way?
- How do we come to understand ourselves and who we are as social beings?
- How do we come to understand other people and their behaviors? What can we do to ensure that people are helpful when we need them the most?
- What are the determinants of social influence? When and why are our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors most influenced by those around us?
- What are the factors that influence attraction, and are likely to produce healthy interpersonal relationships?
- How does the group context influence our performance and attitudes? How can we develop more effective teams?
- Why have humans across the globe produced a history filled with prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination? Will it ever end?
Original Research Project. Students conduct authentic, high impact research. I create the hypothesis, and as a cohort, we investigate it. For students, this includes reviewing literature, creating the experiment in Qualtrics (social research software), undergoing human-subjects research training, collecting authentic data, data cleaning, transformation, analysis, & interpretation, making conclusions based on the observed evidence, and then proposing a follow-up research study.