psych 12-6 - December 6, 2007 Intro. to Psych. Prejudice...

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December 6, 2007 Intro. to Psych. Prejudice -social factors that contribute to prejudice -inequality: unequal distribution of power, money, or prestige (have and have-nots) -social identify: we, the in-group and them, the out-group -cognitive processes that help create and maintain prejudice -categories: overgeneralize their characteristics and underestimate their differences -vivid cases: judge frequency of events by vivid cases -just-world phenomenon: justify people’s less-privileged or punished position Aggression -any physical or verbal behavior intended to harm or destroy -3 physical triggers of aggression -genes: influence aggression by influencing the temperament -identical twins – more similar in aggression; share genes, uterus, and rearing environment -male and female genes -neural systems: brain areas facilitate (limbic) or inhibit (frontal lobes) aggression -limbic system and frontal lobe connection – teenage boys -biochemical influences: hormones (testosterone) and substances (alcohol) contribute to
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psych 12-6 - December 6, 2007 Intro. to Psych. Prejudice...

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