Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter
Vol. 15, No. 5
January 28, 2016
the e-mail newsletter accompanying the
Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at
Activities and Exercises
Aggression/Conflict & Peacemaking: The power of words
Social Judgment: Hindsight bias
An interactive online exercise
Social Judgment: Hindsight bias
Some everyday examples
Aggression: “The Bill Cosby of indie music”?
A story about female musicians and publicists coming forward with sexual assault and sexual
harassment allegations against a very popular music publicist
Aggression/Gender & Culture: “India’s marital rape crisis”
“One-third of men in India, where spousal rape is legal, admit to having forced a sexual act on
Gender & Culture: “Men who stick up for women’s rights are subjected to more sexual harassment at
Gender & Culture: Do you pay a “tampon tax” or the “pink tax”?
Women pay more at checkout because they are charged more and taxed more for certain items.
Gender & Culture: Barbie’s body gets a makeover!
What do your students think about this change?
A good cartoon
Helping: More adversity, more compassion
Those who have experienced more adversity exhibit more compassion
Helping: Hacker philanthropy
“Traditional philanthropy, he declared, is ‘a strange and alien world made up of largely antiquated
institutions.’ These old-timers have long favored ‘safe’ gifts to well-established institutions,
‘resulting in a never-ending competition to name buildings at major universities, medical centers,
performing arts centers and other such public places.’ The new breed, by contrast, has a hacker
mindset: It is anti-establishment, believes in ‘radical transparency,’ is given to problem solving,
and has an ability to identify weaknesses in long-established systems and to disrupt them.”
Prejudice: 50 overweight women kept a “fat stigma” diary
Prejudice: “How and why we target Muslims, immigrants”
An essay reviewing some research
Prejudice: Two Americas
Prejudice: How different groups view racism in the U.S.
The article reviews some data from a Pew Research Center report.
Prejudice: “5 things that make it hard to be a Black student at a mostly White college”
Psychology in the Courtroom: Jurors are identifying as multiracial more frequently
Social Judgment: Does low glucose levels promote less deliberate thinking?
An interesting meta-analysis of this research just came out, and with an interesting conclusion.
Lower blood glucose leads to a less effortful, less deliberate decision-making, but only about
The Self: The unconscious voice of creativity
An interesting little rumination on where our ideas come from from subscriber David Myers. But I
really just included this link because I love the photo included. It looks as if David is annoyed
at us for intruding on his private writing time. And, yet, he is the one who included the photo!
Aha, it was it his unconscious mind that did it!
Technology in Teaching
Helping: Empathy or sympathy? (2:54)
This short, animated video attempts to distinguish empathy from sympathy. I don’t think it really
succeeds at that, but it does provide a good picture of empathy.
Prejudice: “Put racism in its place” (0:54)
A nice little ad
The Self: “The paradox of choice” (19:33)
Barry Schwartz gives a TED Talk — has choice made us freer or more paralyzed? I applaud his
choice of outfit.
How Do You … ?
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courses? Then send me your “How Do You..?” question and I will try and post it here. If I get some
answers I will post them in the following issue.
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