Psych Exam 1 Review - Social Psychology Review Sheet Fall...

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Social Psychology “Review Sheet” Fall 2009 With the first exam coming up, a number of students have approached me individually to ask questions. I have written up this document to make sure everybody has access to the same information about the test. Think of this message as your “Review Sheet.” Please note that you may need to copy and paste the urls I have provided into a new browser window to get to the sites I suggest. Start Now: Spread out your study time I recommend that you start studying now. Many students will find that when they look at the material all at once it has a way of blending into a large ball of mush. Spreading out your review helps to prevent this tragedy. Review Strategy: Use this as your “Review Sheet” Ideally, you will have attended all the lectures, completed all the readings, and participated actively in all the discussion sections. Now, what? Start by studying the lectures. Use the overall framework I have already provided you with in lecture. Look at the outline I start with each week. What questions or basic concepts have I organized the material with? Use these as guideposts for your own studying. I have to be very selective in what I include in lecture. So any big question I’ve presented I think is pretty important. For example, in social influence big questions look at 1) what kinds of social influence are there? 2) what is conformity and how does it related to norms, social influence and normative influence? 3) what is compliance? 4) how do the 6 principles of social influence work for compliance and what techniques use them? If I have included terms in my lecture (even if I didn’t provide a formal definition), those are terms I consider to be especially important. I discuss studies in lecture for several reasons: 1) to show you how researchers explore social psychology; 2) provide evidence that certain assertions I might make are true (or at least there is support for them); 3) give demonstrations of specific effects in action. Therefore, when reviewing studies you should 1) understand the basics of what was done (IV, DV, big results); 2) what phenomenon it demonstrates (e.g., Chaiken & Baldwin study on ecology attitudes and behaviors= self-perception theory); 3) be able to imagine a new situation in which you would be able to identify this phenomenon; 4) be able to differentiate it from similar phenomena (e.g., self- perception vs. self-concept vs. self-presentation). Make sure you can identify and understand the take-away point of any demonstration I did or film clip I showed. As you review your lecture notes, try and rewrite them in your own words. Don’t just parrot my language—that doesn’t foster comprehension. Generate your own examples. Consider what examples are available from the book. Realize you can’t paraphrase something? Can’t create your own example? It probably means you don’t really understand it.
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I consider any material covered in lecture to be potentially available for exam questions. What about slides I posted on Ctools but then skipped in lecture? Forget about them. When
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2011 for the course PSYCH 280 taught by Professor Bushman during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Psych Exam 1 Review - Social Psychology Review Sheet Fall...

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