Your Final Exam will cover reading assignments chapters 10-13from Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D., & Akert, R.M. (2010). Social psychology (7th ed.) and PowerPoint presentations, Forum Questions and Website Explorations covered in units 9 thur 11. In preparing for the Final please focus on the following questions below. LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED ME TO SCAN THE CHAPTERS. I WILL SEND POWER POINTS AUGUST 1
A great deal of psychological research supports the folk wisdom that “birds of a feather flock together,” but there is little empirical support for the folk wisdom that “opposites attract.” According to social psychologists, why do we tend to find people similar to us attractive?
Describe some of the criticisms that have been offered against the evolutionary theory of attraction.
How is Caryl Rusbult’s (1983, 1991) investment model of relationships similar to and different from traditional social exchange theory models of relationships?
Keeping in mind Robin Akert’s (1998) research on the dissolution of romantic relationships, what strategy should you pursue the next time you are faced with a romantic breakup?
Do men and women differ in their tendency to help? If so, how?
Some social psychologists, such as Daniel Batson (1991), believe that humans do sometimes help for selfless reasons. According to Batson, when does this happen?
How do sociobiologists use the concepts of kin selection
and the reciprocity norm to explain human prosocial behavior?
Are school shootings such as the Columbine Massacre simply the result of deranged individuals acting independently? What does social psychology suggest about why school shootings occur and about how the problem might be addressed?
In 1970, the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography concluded that in and of themselves, sexually explicit materials do not contribute to violence against women, sexual crimes, or other antisocial acts. Fifteen years later, Attorney General Edwin Meese convened a commission to revisit the question. The Meese Commission findings directly contradicted the 1970 Commission findings. Who was right?
According to the authors, how does a belief in a just world (Lerner, 1980) contribute to blaming the victims of injustice?
In what ways do self-fulfilling prophecies contribute to prejudice and negative stereotypes?
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