For this week’s assignment, respond to BOTH of questions below (A and B). Respond to both in the same post (label A and B) unless your answers are very long. In that case you could separate A and B in their own posts.
A) Chapter 11 discusses helping behaviors. Under what conditions would you help a stranger? Stranded motorist? Passerby in obvious distress? What factors would influence your response to a stranger in need (presence of others, perception of the person in need, your own mood, etc.)? If you have examples of relevant situations from real life that you have experienced or witnessed, feel free to share.
B) Identify a real-life event or phenomenon, or alternatively a creative work familiar to you, and identify some social psychology concept(s) related to this event/phenomenon/creative work. You could pick a political event, climate change, the pandemic or some other real-life phenomenon, or alternatively a fictional movie, TV series, book, video game or another creative work.
Examine this event/creative work from the social psychology perspective. Identify at least one concept from the textbook that is somehow related to the event/work. Using social psychology terminology, define each concept you identify and explain how it’s related to the event/creative work. Note that the concepts you identify must specifically relate to social psychology, not just psychology in general.
Some example social psychology concepts you might encounter: obedience, conformity, cognitive dissonance, implicit personality theories (e.g. “beautiful people are good”), the fundamental attribution error (e.g. blaming the victim), the just-world hypothesis, prejudice, in-groups vs. out-groups, groupthink, ethnocentrism, the bystander effect, etc.
Note that if you select a creative work, briefly give some key information about it (some aspects of the plot, characters). Avoid spoilers or include a spoiler warning!