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  • Social Psychology Essay On Group Experiences - 379 words
    During my experiences working in groups I have found that there are various factors to consider when group productivity is the desired outcome of the group. Some of these factors are: social loafing, evaluation apprehension, considering the personalities of each group member and the creation of social norms. Social loafing is the tendency for one or more members of the group to under perform and benefit from the work that other group members put in. Evaluation apprehension is the fear that other members of the group are evaluating your performance. Personalities of all the group members need to be considered as a dominant personality may be competitive and people who are competitive can mani ...
    Related: group member, psychology, social loafing, social norms, social psychology
  • Social Psychology Case Study: Aggressive Tendencies - 880 words
    What made him abuse his newly wedded wife? Why did his son become an aggressive child? There is no way I would have expected this from such a considerate and loving person. Everything in their relationship seemed to be thriving. It may be possible that we never know someone until they are pushed to the point in which he or she are forced to act in response to a situation. I witnessed this happening and never could have predicted what transpired. My Aunt Natalie (not her real name) has always been an independent iron-willed woman. Natalie encountered a man named Ricky (not his real name) who was selfless, candid, and courteous. During their courtship Ricky was a perfect gentleman. They went o ...
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  • Social Psychology And The Groupthink Theory - 1,114 words
    In 1972, Irving L. Janis presented a set of hypothesis that he extracted from observing small groups performing problem-solving tasks; he collectively referred to these hypotheses as groupthink (Janis, 1972). He defined groupthink as a quick and easy way to refer to a mode of thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive in-group, when the members strivings for unanimity override their motivation to realistically appraise alternative courses of action (Janis, 1982, p.9). Groups are usually successful because group members bring varied ideas, collective knowledge, and they tend to be focused while working together. Groups can be advantageous to both individuals an ...
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  • Social Psychology: Self Presentation Theory Paper - 891 words
    Claiming face and self presenting are very common place in fraternity life at colleges around the country and are no better exemplified than in the process of rush. Being a sophomore here at Bucknell and experiencing rush for myself, I can officially say that I, along with many others, have claimed face. Going into rush, one does not fully know what to expect from the different houses, but they do know what they want out of it, and more importantly, they know the type of person they want to come across as. Before attending a rush event one must get dressed in clothes that are in coordination with the personality that one wishes to express. Some dress preppy, showing off one set of values tha ...
    Related: presentation, social psychology, verbal behavior, first impressions, acted
  • Social Psychology Paper: Conformity Theory - 645 words
    I attended middle-school in Washington, D.C. My family and I had lived there for seven years and became much atoned to an urban way of life. At the end of sixth grade my parents decided for me to switch schools for high-school. We moved two hours south to Charlottesville, Virginia. The move was a complete culture shock and a role reversal to me. Everything was different about being in the rich, southern, country town. I had to make new friends and develop new interests in order to fit in and have a fun time. Living in an historic mill on the James River gave me the opportunity to pick up fishing. This was a foreign activity for me, although it proved to be a lot of fun. Fishing for me became ...
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  • Social Psychology And Breaking Social Norms - 828 words
    In our society we have a number of society norms that we abide by. For example, there is an unwritten rule of how one should behave in an elevator. For example, it is proper to face front, stand away from strangers, and not to look at others. When a social norm is broken people may respond with alarm, humor, fear, irritation, or an array of other emotions. When you think of a norm, you are probably thinking about being normal. But in psychology terms, norm means, a standard or representative value for a group. The norm, that is more common to people is social norm. Meaning expectations about what behavior thoughts or feelings are appropriate within a given group within a given context. In so ...
    Related: norms, psychology, social norms, social psychology, older people
  • Social Psychology And Theories On Racism - 1,437 words
    Aversive racism is a term use by Gaertner and Dovido to describe white Americans who have been socialized by the racial history of American culture, along with the cognitive tendency to categorize information which results in subtle, yet commonplace racial beliefs and feelings, while keeping strong egalitarian values. This keeps the aversive racist stuck between their learned negative view of other races and their egalitarian values and beliefs. The sources of the negativity that underlies the aversive racists racial attitudes and provide the motivation to be prejudice are either internal or external according to Devine. Ones own internalized (self-prescribed) standards or guides for regulat ...
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  • Social Psychology And Theories On Racism - 1,404 words
    ... This was fairly effective to the extent that the Eagles and the Rattlers became closer, but conflict was not reduced, strictly speaking, because they held hatred for their common enemy. The next year Sherif again set the groups against each other and then tried resolving the conflict by bringing them together in pleasant surroundings to eat excellent food and watch movies. That didn't work because all they did was fight. Sherif then tried confronting the two hostile groups with a common threat. For example, a water shortage 'suddenly developed' or the trucks bringing their food 'broke down' when the boys were particularly hungry. In these cases, the problems could only be solved if they ...
    Related: psychology, racism, social learning, social norms, social problems, social psychology
  • Psychoanalysis - 1,742 words
    As I sit in my apartment, waiting for my friend Heather to pick me up, I begin to feel very frustrated. It is neither the first nor the second time, for that matter, that she has been late. In fact, she has been late so many times that I have lost count. She used to make external attributions for her constant inability to be punctual, such as telling me that her alarm clock broke or that her mother called her just as she was about to leave. Once she even externally attributed her tardiness on a dog attacking her right before she left to come and pick me up, but she looked fine and had no wounds on her, so I started to wonder. I slowly began to realize that all of the external attributions th ...
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  • Same Race Different Faces - 1,101 words
    "Black vs. White" is not a story only seen in the United States of America. It is a problem which has, and still continues to plague many sections of the world. This problem, in many instances, goes beyond a stereotypical belief that the battle is fought due to cultural differences. What does this mean? Factors which unite such as religion, culture, and political beliefs, play no actual part in unity in this scenario. Cultural differences do play a certain part, but does not take 'center stage.' Now, what happens when you add a third "color" in there? In the United States people of color are many times classified as a group, minorities. In other countries, colors play parts rather than a str ...
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  • Same Race Different Faces - 1,125 words
    ... s. The results were recorded according to reaction and speed of reaction. Out of the 120 participants, 75 percent reacted in a neutral way, or cried when coming into contact with a stranger. The other 25 percent cried when encountering a person of different color or went towards a person of the same color. Unfortunately, traditions not only pass down the beauty and excitement of old stories, discoveries and love, but this package also comes complete with a 'life time supply ignorance.' The beliefs that exist today had to have come from somewhere. A grim reality is that this does affect more than just feelings, but self esteem, and performance as well. In the interview The Dominican Repub ...
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  • Choosing A Career In Psychology - 1,181 words
    Society is crowded with many different kinds of people, which create problems of how to live and work together and live with oneself. It is in these situations which psychology serves its purpose by creating answers to these questions. Psychology helps create an awareness of these problems and this awareness increases the likelihood of treatment. A student who is deciding to enter the field of psychology has a choice to make from an array of many different and exciting careers. All of these numerous careers in psychology fall into three basic categories of practice: psychologists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists. Each of these categories differ slightly in the job role and number o ...
    Related: career development, career path, choosing, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology
  • Smoking And Relaxation - 810 words
    Are smokers more relaxed than non-smokers? I smoke and I want to find out if the effects of smoking makes one more relaxed than somebody who doesn't. College can be a very stressful time for a person and is an excellent place to test this question. Jenks (1994) conducted both measures of life and health satisfaction and measures of self-control between smokers and non-smokers. He found that "smokers were most likely to list relaxation along with psychological and physical addiction as a reasons for smoking." He also saw that male and female smokers ranked their reasons for smoking in the same order: psychological addiction, relaxation, physical addiction, pleasant activity, and weight contro ...
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  • College Interpersonal Attraction - 907 words
    College Interpersonal Attraction and Maintenance Being attractive or liked is an important characteristic to many college students. The lives of many students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison involve a lot of socializing and partying. Many students go out to the bars or party every weekend and some students are looking to meet someone. The intentions vary among students in regards to relationships due to the busy schedules students have. Some people are looking for someone to hang out with and date, some are looking for more friends and others are looking for a long term, serious relationship. This research will specifically study what attracts people to one another. The initial attrac ...
    Related: attraction, college males, college students, interpersonal, social psychology
  • Are Suicidal And Violent Acts By College Students Caused By Television Violence - 443 words
    Psych. 57 Peter Sams Mon. lab. 9/24/99 Are Suicidal and Violent Acts by College Students Caused by Television Violence This is a truly important question for all college students. By answering this question we gain important insight as to where in fact violence in college campuses may come from. Research in this specific area can also help us further understand how and why suicide rates have increased for college students in this country. Many studies have shown that aggressive acts committed by young adults in this country are a product of poverty and low social stand. The view does not at all support the fact that college students commit violent acts on others and further more on them selv ...
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  • Are Suicidal And Violent Acts By College Students Caused By Television Violence - 443 words
    Psych. 57 Peter Sams Mon. lab. 9/24/99 Are Suicidal and Violent Acts by College Students Caused by Television Violence This is a truly important question for all college students. By answering this question we gain important insight as to where in fact violence in college campuses may come from. Research in this specific area can also help us further understand how and why suicide rates have increased for college students in this country. Many studies have shown that aggressive acts committed by young adults in this country are a product of poverty and low social stand. The view does not at all support the fact that college students commit violent acts on others and further more on them selv ...
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  • Collective Memory - 1,924 words
    Collective memory is a dynamic topic that can be discussed through a number of disciplines. In my paper I will attempt to dissect this subject of collective memory as clear and consisely as possible through the exploration of narratives, novels, music, poetry and history. Collective memory is defined as the breadth of procedural knowledge the community acquires through experience when interacting with each other and the world. Research in collective memory is a relatively new area capturing the interest of scholars in social psychology, memory, sociology, and anthropology -- that our own memories are not entirely personal. The core idea is that collective attitudes and behaviors are created ...
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  • To What Extent Does Normalisation Apply In Respect Of People With Dementia - 1,866 words
    This essay will analyse the extent to which the values of normalisation/social role valorisation apply in respect of care for people with dementia. The essay will begin by briefly acknowledge Nirje's principles of normalisation and then outline the seven core themes of Wolfensberger's theory of normalisation. These will incorporate some criticisms of wolfensberger's work by other writers. The essay will move on to outline Tom Kitwood and colleagues contribution to the recognition of the 'person' suffering with dementia, to show how a person is made up of many complex interactions. I will outline what Kitwood terms 'The Malignant Social Psychology' surrounding the dementia process and the dan ...
    Related: dementia, older people, group dynamics, social life, norm
  • To What Extent Does Normalisation Apply In Respect Of People With Dementia - 1,868 words
    ... ly the deficits, damages and problem behaviours, we need to see a person as a whole. This does not mean denying that there is a dementing illness but alternatively setting it in a social rather than a medical context. Kitwood (1993) states that an understanding of a persons dementia should be the result of a complex interaction between their personality, their social psychology (social relationships), their physical health, their biography of life, and their neurological impairment. He argues that all these factors go together to make a person who they are, and that to focus on only one of these factors is to treat a person as less than whole. (Kitwood 1993). Kitwood and Bredin (1992) st ...
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  • Vidoe Games - 1,204 words
    ... nvolves manipulation of falling blocks and has no aggressive content whatsoever, Overkill, which contains a moderate level of aggressive content, and Fatal Fury, regarded as one of the most violent martial arts games available. The students were told that the study concerned a hand-eye coordination task in relation to personality. Split half versions of the EPQ and Buss-Durkee inventories were created, one to be completed prior to playing the game, one to be completed after playing the game. Half the subjects were to be given version A first, and the other half, version B. An equal number of men and women took part in playing each type of game for 10 minutes, after which they were admini ...
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