Spike Sullivan and Jack Dempsey
What Is Aggression?
By 1983, there were more than 250 different
denitions of aggression.
Aggression is dened as behaviour that is
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To be an effective communicator you need to establish for yourself and everyone else to
see a baseline pattern of communicating. Own personal baseline
o This means you must establish your personal stable style of communication. Its a
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Social psychologists didnt know how to perceive other people because they didnt know
how to get behavior into the equation.
Now, because of Heider and his rowing boat story, we have the raw materials to work
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Everything was fine in the soviet union kurgistan but then explosion in 1986 = charnobel? It
meant the end of a lie. Gorbachev had to tell the people that their country is nothing. He is killing
everybody we dont like the Russians in k
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Social influence 90% of our lives. But they are the mechanisms we need to express our
Zimbardos Prison Experiment (extraordinary impacts demands play on roles)
Powerful evidence of the strong demand of roles on us.
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Imagine that you are a mcgill student and you graduate. Parents are proud. Let down because
there are thousands of students walking along getting their degree. Parents dont even get a good
picture. You dont even care whats going on tha
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As last class finished, an old woman came down the stairs in the lecture hall. With her was her
son (younger than us) and also a handsome dude.
Woman: hi I took your class here before. she is visiting with her son. He will be coming to
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Problems happened at the university. But because this is not normal but rare we dont know
the norms about what to do very well. Dont know what is over reacting and what is under
After you have a group installed for a while, t
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- norms making us less then the unique snowflake that we are
We have been talking about norms as behaviours that are defined by a group as either correct or
But norms are quite complicated. What is the structure of the norm?
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Terrorism & Psychologys Attempts at Explanations
Cinema LAmour just beside that there was a store run and owned by some guy Mohtar
Hawari stolen goods. Forged documents and passports for a group that was planning the
millennium plot bl
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How do other people impact how we think, act, and behave?
Theres a common theme: there are a lot of people out there influencing me and not much is left
of ME, the little snowflake.
We are raised and socialized to analyze other people
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Roxannes topic went back to the self and looked at how all things can be put together when
they dont fit. Different cultural identities and 2 norms brought together. Its not that easy. If you
bring the new one in, some of the other is g
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At the time where racism of the overt kind is very prevalent in America. Certain blacks arent
permitted in place. Blacks and whites dont mix. Blacks dont vote
Major league baseball was happening at this time. For whites
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Red dot = Rouge test. Put the
animal in a place where theres
a mirror. Then put a red dot on
their fore head. For most
animals, it doesnt make a
difference. For orangutans and
chimpanzees, they touch their
head. They recognize
Attraction and Close
Being with Others
The Need to Belong
The need to belong is a basic human
We care deeply about what others think
Those with a network of close social ties
tend to be happier, healthier, and more
The Social Self
Who am I?
Find self here
The Self Concept
Tell me about yourself.
What are you all about?
So who are you?
What denes you?
Beginnings of the Self-Concept
Except for human beings, only the great
apes seem capable of self-re
Cognitive Therapy and Research, Vol. 21, No. 5, 1997, pp. 555-568
Thought Suppression, Catastrophizing, and Pain1
Michael J. L. Sullivan,2,3 David Rouse,2 Scott Bishop,2
and Sheila Johnston2
This study examined the effects of thought suppression, prior to
What Is a Group?
Two or more people perceived as having at
least one of the following characteristics:
Direct interactions with each other over a period
Joint membership in a social category based on
Norm Formation and
Participants followed incorrect majority
37% of the time.
25% refused to go along
50% conformed on at least 50% of critical
Changes in behaviour that are elicited by
Excuse me, I
Evolutionary Factors in Helping:
The Selsh Gene
What is important is survival of the individuals genes, not
survival of the ttest individual.
Kinship selection is the tendency to help genetic
Strongest when biologic
Heightened emotional intensity
Feelings of solidarity
Feelings of power?
Win at home
Home Team Advantage
Source: All data except baseb
PSYC215- Winter 2015
The objective of this course is to introduce students to broad domains of research in social psychology. Classes will
consist of lectures, video presentations and demonstration projects. Evaluation will be based on a
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are the classes recorded?
Yes, the classes are recorded. In addition, copies of the slides are available on
2. Can I bring my own audio recording unit to class?
Yes. If you do not wish to use the aud
Prejudice is defined as a negative prejudgment of a group and its individual member.
Prejudice biases us against a person based solely on our identifying the person with a particular group.
Prejudice is an attitude and thus a combination of feelings, incl
What is a group?
-two or more people who, for longer than a few moments, interact with and influence one
another and perceive one another as "us"
-the members of a group interact
-groups perceive themselves as "us" in contrast to "them"
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Chapter 6: Attitudes
What is an Attitude?
- a positive, negative, or mixed evaluation of a person, object, or idea expressed at some
level of intensity
- internal, a cognition you have in relation to a specic situation, object, etc
- this co
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Star Trek Video:
- when they were rst pitching the Star Trek concept, they thought it would never ever y
because in the early 60s, the US were not open to multicultural ideas. This show has a
Russian, black person, and pointed ear peopl
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Chapter 5 - Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
- we have a tendency to group people which can take a negative or positive tone based on
our beliefs on the group.
What is a Group?
- two or more people perceived as having at