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11/27/07: Social Physics I. Social Physics : looks at world with outside perspective a. Lot of rules of physics shape and parallel social rules b. Idea is that people are attracted and repulsed by objects and human beings (“party”) i. People initially talk to people they are most like ii. Clump up- closer and closer each time II. Situational Forces a. Social gravity metaphor : G=( M1*M2)/ D i. The more attractive the object, greater pull ii. The closer individuals are to an attractive force, the greater the pull Mass in this situation is social mass (attraction) What are attractors in classroom? a. Exits b. Interesting teachers III. Interpersonal Dynamics a. Attractors and group size i. Status at a conference ii. Negative attractors: social bombs- gradually push out then explode b. Group movement and size i. Walking speed ii. Group instability iii. Individual movement & group stability
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IV. Cognitive Dissonance a.
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Unformatted text preview: i. Dull task performed ii. Experimenter explains how expectations affect pefromance & we need next subject to believe its interesting. Assistant away iii. Next subject (confederate) says they heard boring iv. Subjects paid $1 or $20 v. Another survey- enjoyment Result: paid $1=more enjoyment bc need to justify lying more Leon Festinger: coined cognitive dissonance o Foot in door technique- experiement a) Group One: 1. Small drive safely sign in window 2. 2 weeks later: Big drive safely? 76% yes b) Group Two 1. Left in Peace 2. 2 weeks later: Big drive safely? 17% yes Jim Jones: Peoples Temple Cult o Utopia o 1 st monetary offerings voluntary then 10% income contributionthen 25%. .. finally turn over everything o Workloads became progressively demanding o Biggest mass suicide- Kool-Aid with cyanide 909 committed sucide...
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2008 for the course PSY 301 taught by Professor Pennebaker during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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