Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:33:33 +0000
From: Jon F Mueller <jfmueller@…>
To: “socialpsy-teach@…” <socialpsy-teach@…>
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter – Vol. 17, No. 4
Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter
Vol. 17, No. 4
December 18, 2017
the e-mail newsletter accompanying the
Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at
I did send out a November issue of the Newsletter. However, there were some problems with it as we switched
to a new email program. So, if for some reason you did not receive the November issue you can find it in the
Enjoy the holidays!
Activities and Exercises
General: Spacing practice in the classroom
Teaching your students the benefits of spaced practice
The Self: Does ego depletion lead to a loss of self control?
Here is some more research that suggests that it does, and that tries to address problems with earlier
research. The second link is to an online article about the research.
The Self: Cognitive dissonance
How does it feel to find out that one of your favorite celebrities is a sexual assaulter/harasser?
Aggression: Sexual harassment
Some interesting articles describing research on the topic from APS
Aggression: Sexual assault common for flight attendants
Aggression: Police sexual abuse
Attraction & Relationships: “Do romantic partners help or hurt goal pursuit?”
“When it comes to supporting a (female) partner, actions speak louder than words. Try thinking of concrete
ways that others have helped you pursue your goals, and do what you can to help others pursue their goals as
Conformity: Did Milgram participants realize the experiments were not really dangerous?
Researchers reviewed the post-study interviews given by the participants and discovered some interesting
explanations given by the participants.
Conformity: How movements can get started
Interesting analysis of how the #metoo phenomenon could evolve into a long-term movement instead of just being
a momentary focus
Helping: Whom are we most likely to help?
This article discusses some of the research about whom is more and less likely to receive our assistance.
Helping: “Five reasons people give their money away”
and one reason they don’t
Methods: “Web pages that perform statistical calculations!”
Persuasion: Better to speak rather than write to people who disagree with you
Persuasion: Foot-in-the-face technique
Not as painful as it sounds, but it could be effective.
Prejudice: Reducing stereotyping/prejudice
This article describes a very clever series of studies that found an effective way to reduce people’s
willingness to blame an entire group for the actions of a few of its members. If you are going to read one
Prejudice: Black men’s sentences 20% longer
Prejudice: Austria legalizes same-sex marriage
I guess since Australia just did, and Austria is next alphabetically….
Prejudice: Segregation leads to racist voting
Prejudice: Inter-race anxiety can be contagious
The Self: “What is the secret to being more assertive?”
Having self-respect – interesting research that distinguishes between feeling good about yourself and
Technology in Teaching
Aggression: “How society silences victims of sexual harassment” (5:27)
Aggression: Amusing sexual harassment skit from Saturday Night Live (3:19)
Aggression: An even funnier skit on sexual harassment (3:16)
from the show Portlandia
Gender & Culture/Prejudice: Humorous video on misogyny (2:11)
Prejudice: New film about Stone Mountain, GA and its links to the Confederacy (10:30)
Prejudice: Talks on inequality from a variety of fields
Videos and podcasts
How Do You … ?
Ever wonder how your fellow social psych instructors handle a certain topic or issue in their 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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newsletter to your needs. So, please feel free to send me your requests, suggestions, comments and resources.
Send them directly to me (jfmueller@…) or by replying to this message.
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