Topic 5: Social Psychology 171. Have an understanding of how we form attitudes and attributions
Reading ‐ Chapter 17 of "Psychology: The science of mind and behaviour" 3rd edition. Other editions will cover similar material, however page numbers and some terms will differ.
- Explain the difference between personal and situational attributions, and the information humans use to determine the attributions we make.
- Outline the attributional biases we use (and why we use them).
- Evaluate the factors that impact on the attributions we make about ourselves and others.
- Explain how and why we form and maintain impressions.
- Recognise the factors that influence our expectations of others in regard to impression formation.
2. Evaluate if attitudes and behaviour are related
- Evaluate the factors that impact on whether our attitudes influence our behaviour.
- Evaluate the factors that impact on whether our behaviour influences our attitudes.
- Explain how our attitudes can be changed through persuasion.
3. Determine what factors influence conformity, obedience and group behaviour
- Distinguish between social norms and social roles, and consider how they influence behaviour.
- Determine how norms are formed, why people conform and the factors that influence conformity.
- Explain why we are obedient to authority, and the factors that influence obedience.
- Explain how groups influence individual behaviour.
4. Summarise the causes of attraction, prejudice, prosocial behaviour and aggression
- Describe the factors that impact on attraction.
- Differentiate between prejudice and discrimination.
- Outline the difference between implicit and explicit prejudice, and note how they are measured.
- Explain the cognitive and motivational roots of prejudice, and how prejudice confirms itself.
- Explain the biological, psychological and social factors involved in aggression.
Topic 6: Cultural Psychology
1. Articulate the importance of cross‐cultural and Indigenous issues in psychology
- Evaluate critical reflection and how it applies to the study and practice of psychology.
- Define cultural competence and recognise how it is important to the study and practice of psychology.
- Consider the concept of power in the helping relationship, and how this relates to cultural encapsulation.
- Differentiate between and give examples of enculturation, acculturation and cultural adaptation.
3. Recognise the impact of similarities and differences between cultures on psychological practice and research
- Explain the difference between race and culture.
- Define cultural psychology and explain the considerations involved in what cross cultural psychologists do.
- Consider the cultural differences in communication and cultural differences across the world research.
4. Consider Indigenous psychology and research
- Explain what Indigenous psychology is, and the implications of this on the field of psychology generally.
- Describe the factors that may facilitate the role of psychologists when working and researching in a cross‐cultural context.
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