a. Explain phenomena that result from the influence of the social environment on the individual and vice versa; include obedience, social facilitation, social loafing, bystander apathy, conformity such as Asch’s experiment, groupthink, group polarization, and deindividuation.
b. Analyze attribution and cognitive dissonance theories pertaining to social judgments and attitudes.
c. Explain the factors that contribute to affiliation and attraction; include proximity, mere-exposure effect, and similarity.
d. Analyze and evaluate the ethics of experimentation in social psychology; include Milgram’s experiment of obedience and Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment.
An experiment in Obedience and Deindividuation
produced by T.A.T. Communications,
starring Bruce Davison,
based on Ron Jones' writings.
A German film, directed by Dennis Gansel based on Jones' writings, this adaptation is set in a German classroom of 2008.
a documentary film, featuring Ron Jones, by Philip Neel, State of Crisis Productions. Philip Neel was an original Third Wave class member. The film has won numerous awards and now has worldwide distribution with Mercury Media International.
Solomon Asch conducted a study, exposing people in a group to a series of lines, and the participants were asked to match one line with a standard line.
All participants except one were accomplices and gave the wrong answer in 12 of the 18 trials.
The results showed a surprisingly high degree of conformity: 74% of the participants conformed on at least one trial.
On average people conformed one third of the time. A question is how the group would affect individuals in a situation where the correct answer is less obvious.
BEEP! What would you do?
In the early 1960s psychologist Stanley Milgram, in seeking to understand the Holocaust, ran a series of controversial experiments on obedience.
An authority orders you to inflict painful shocks on another person. Most us will obey, claimed Milgram. But will we? And were Milgram’s experiments as much art as science? In dramatizing previously un-filmed versions of the world’s most famous psychology experiment, Shock Room turns a light on the dark side of human behavior and forces us to ask ourselves: what would I do?
Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
This movie is recommended viewing and available from numerable sources, however due to it's 'R' Rating, will not be class viewed.
This program examines how our beliefs and behavior can be influenced and manipulated by other people and subtle situational forces, and how social psychologists study human behavior within its broader social context.
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