February 5 - Social subjects role play a situation and...

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Unformatted text preview: 2-5-08Social PsychologySimulation: subjects role play a situation and it’s a simulation of what they think it’s like to be in that situation•e.g Stanford Prison studyoPeople with similar backgrounds, similar household income, all white recruited, people who would naturally go togetheroStudy 10 days longoRandomly assigned half people to be prisoners and half the people to be guardsoSet up the prison and let them looseoGuards couldn’t physically harm the prisonersoThings quickly got out of hand-guards started terrorizing prisoners, taunted them, referred to them by number only, treated them subhumanlyoHad to shut down after 3 days b/c the behavior got out of controloExample how quickly people can get into a role and act the way the think they should act (act on stereotype)•People get into the stereotype of the role they’re portraying•Shows what people think about what it’s like to be in a situation (think what it’s like to be in prison or to be a guard)Archival•Go through a lot of data that’s collected and come up with some sort of theory to explain a specific behaviorQuasi-experimental-experiments in which the independent variable isn’t manipulated, it’s naturally occurring•E.x. gender is a quasi-experimental variable in an experiment, don’t manipulate gender E....
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