Psy 102 fall 2011-ucsb-Lecture1_Sept26

Psy 102 fall 2011-ucsb-Lecture1_Sept26 - Psychology 102:...

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Psychology 102: Introduction to Social Psychology Professor: Shelly Gable TA: Diana Leonard Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-3:15 Chem. 1179
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What has happened in the last few minutes? Or, the social psychology of totally and completely offending your professor • Shared social knowledge • Conforming to authority • Looking to others for cues • Diffusion of responsibility But can social psychology answer questions about anything important in the real world ?
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At 4:00 am on July 2, 1981, 4 people in a residential neighborhood were brutally killed Most of their neighbors heard ―yelling, screams, & moans‖ No one called the police The next afternoon a neighbor investigated and found the 5 th victim who had been lying on the floor for 12 hours, critically stabbed
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Questions? • Why did the neighbors fail to do anything, including dialing 911? • Would you hire any of them to baby-sit your little sister? • What would you have done in this situation? • Is this a common occurrence?
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The search for Weapons of Mass Destruction An October 2002 National Intelligence report warned that Iraq had WMD Several insiders failed to raise their concerns about the validity of that info The Bush administration used this info as a basis for the March 2003 war on Iraq In April 2005, a committee found this information ―dead wrong‖
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What went wrong? • How did previous assumptions about Saddam Hussein influence interpretation of new information? • If you were in the Intelligence Community but disagreed with the October 2002 warning, would you have spoken up? • How did so many seemingly competent analysts reach such an erroneous conclusion?
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―Jonestown‖ Massacre In the mid-1970’s several hundred members of the Peoples Temple emigrated to Guyana with their leader, Jim Jones Members often underwent brutal
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Psy 102 fall 2011-ucsb-Lecture1_Sept26 - Psychology 102:...

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