Psych 202 Final

Psych 202 Final - Code number_06 Name_Sean Evans Psychology...

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Code number: ___06_______ Name: __Sean Evans________________________________________ Psychology 202-01 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science Professor Zyzniewski Exam 2 Due electronically no later than 7:00pm, Friday, August 3! Answer the four essay questions to the best of your ability. You are strongly encouraged to support your answers with accompanying information from your notes and the Weiten text. Each question is worth 25 points. Your work will be assessed based on the quality of your answers and ability to integrate course material in so doing. I anticipate different possible approaches to answering these questions; no one answer is “right.” Make a case, explain that case, and justify your position with supporting information. Formatting instructions : Type your code number into the header of the upper right hand corner; this code number should then appear at the top of each of your pages. Do not put your name there! Start each question on a new page (ctrl+enter in Word)
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Code number: ___06_______ Limit each answer to two typed pages (12 point font). 1. It’s commonly believed that political elections are determined by the public’s impressions of the candidates rather than the candidates’ views on the issues. What are some possible reasons for this irrational voting behavior? If the public were more knowledgeable about factors that affect person perception and attitudes, how might that knowledge influence voting behavior? Politics is a facet of life that is greatly governed by opinions and not much fact. For one to become a successful politician, it is important that he or she make a positive first impression. Without this type of impression, one normally has no significant political future. People tend to decide to vote for a candidate based on person perception and personal attitudes. Political campaigns are supposedly run on the issues, but how one perceives a specific candidate can make or break a campaign. The first impression one gets by looking at a political candidate is a form of person perception. According to Weiten (2007), person perception is the process of forming impressions of others (p. 634). Many voters get this impression from television ads or other television spots such as a political debate. After receiving these initial perceptions, most voters have decided who will get their votes; few actually look into the actual platform on which the candidate is running. Unfortunately, these impressions can be both biased and false. Many instances can exist that allow for the perception that is incorrect to how the person actually acts. For
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Code number: ___06_______ instance, Weiten states that physical appearance is a common bias we place on people (p. 634). In fact, good looking people are thought of to have a desirable personality;
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