201156212648 - PSYCHOLOGY 166AC Professor Kaiping Peng...

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PSYCHOLOGY 166AC Professor Kaiping Peng 02/24/11 Lecture 12 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. ANNOUNCEMENTS DSP students should contact your GSI if you have not already about where you wish to take the exam. The review sheet will be online very soon. We have given you 5 points for participating in the online survey and almost everyone has participated, so thank you. You are not required to participate, but you can get 5 points. LECTURE Culture and the Self. The self is very important to identity, which is very culturally influenced. We can talk about personal identity or self concept, which is very significant. And second, the self is important because, American psychology especially emphasizes the self. William James emphasized how the self is at the center of the psychological universe. Human psychological phenomena are tied to the self, said James. So motivation is very much about the self as is emotion. The self is important for economics as well. There is work in economics about the discrepancy between resource allocation and the desires of the self. We invented economics to deal with this as well as other problems. So in American psychology the self is a key concept. But in different cultures the self has different purposes; the self differs from culture to culture. Vancouver Olympics – Cultural Differences among Winners. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Wang Mung, a Chinese woman, was a speed skater who won several medals; she won a gold medal for the 500 meter speed skating event. After she won, she bowed on the ice twice and cried and said some interesting things. The US gold medal winners behaved very differently after winning. She thanked her coach for designing a detailed plan for her race; she thanked the leader of her team for supporting her – no US winners mentioned this. She thanked her teammates for their support; she thanked the Chinese audience watching on TV, all 1.3 billion of them for their support. The reason she bowed on the ice was that she was bowing for her loved ones in China and her coach; and she bowed a second time for her parents and wished everyone a Happy New Year. An American, Shaun White, won in snowboarding and said how they could only remember crossing the finish line and how they pulled out their big guns; there was no mention of the coaches or other people. It reflects the very excited American spirit. Shani Davis won in speed skating for 1000 meters
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