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November 27, 2008

Interesting books on Adult Attachment

Murray Parkes, C., Stevenson-Hinde, J. (Eds.) (1993) Attachment Across the Life Cycle. Routledge.

Rholes, W.S., and Simpson, J.A. (Eds.) (2004). Adult attachment : theory, research, and
clinical implications.
New York : Guilford Press.

Optional reading "What is Beautiful is Good"

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Assignment to be completed by Class 11

I'm posting this early as there's no reading for next week in order to allow revision for the timed essay.


November 23, 2008

Implicit Association Test results

Thanks to Spencer for this:


You can take the test at: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/takeatest.html

November 20, 2008

Friendship and Affiliation optional readings

The personal acquaintance measure: A tool for appraising one's acquaintance with any person.

Starzyk, Katherine B.; Holden, Ronald R.; Fabrigar, Leandre R.; MacDonald, Tara K.; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2006, vol. 90, issue 5, p 833, ISSN 00223514. ISBN 00223514.

Friendship and Need Fulfillment During Three Phases of Young Adulthood
Julie Carbery

University of Texas at Dallas

Duane Buhrmester

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 15, No. 3, 393-409 (1998)
DOI: 10.1177/0265407598153005
University of Texas at Dallas

Theory and knowledge about adult friendship have not been integrated within a broader life-span perspective, thus leaving us with a disjointed understanding of adult friendship, marriage and parent-child relationships. The present study redresses this situation by examining developmental differences in young adult friendship within the broader context of their network of significant family relationships. Robert Weiss' (1974) conceptualization of social provisions was used as the basis for comparing the roles that close friends play in need fulfillment to the roles played by other network members. Predominantly White middle-class male and female adults (ages 20 to 35 years) were recruited from three family-role-defined phases of young adulthood (N = 180): (i) the single phase (i.e. romantically uncommitted), (ii) the married-without-children phase, and (iii) the parenthood phase (i.e. married with young children). Participants rated the extent to which they received each of nine social provisions through their relationships with their mother, father, closest friend, spouse or casual dating partner, and their oldest child (if applicable). In general, the findings revealed that reliance on friends to satisfy social needs is greatest during the single phase and is reduced significantly during the marital and parenthood phases. Women report gaining higher levels of certain social provisions (especially emotional support) from friends than men across all three phases. The importance of friends relative to other network members as suppliers of social provisions differed substantially between the three phases; these differences appeared to be integrally tied to differences in family role involvement. Neither Weiss' relationships-specificity model nor Cantor's (1979) hierarchical-compensatory model adequately described the organization of need-fulfilling networks across all three phases.

Assignment to be completed by Class 9

Chapter 7, Interpersonal Attraction and Close Relationships, BBB textbook.

Teenagers and Facebook study


November 14, 2008

Self-monitoring test

Here's the link: http://www.outofservice.com/self-monitor-censor-test/

And look! It even shows you how to post the results to your blog or, presumably, your facebook page : )

Timed essay 1 topics

Do not pick a question that is in the same area as your coursework.
There will be one question in each topic area. You will pick one question for your essay

Bias in social cognition and perception
Social comparison

Deborah Layton book

Seductive Poison by Layton - excellent, insightful book on Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple and Jonestown:


November 13, 2008

Attitudes: optional readings

Festinger and Carlsmith (1959) here: http://www.psych.umn.edu/courses/summer07/lippmannb/psy3201/readings/festinger%20and%20carlsmith%201959%20-%20dissonance.pdf

Are beliefs inherited? Research shows some attitudes are rooted in genetics, though environment is still key.

BY TORI DeANGELIS http://www.apa.org/monitor/apr04/beliefs.html

November 11, 2008

Inside views on Scientology

This is an interesting website put together by three young women who grew up in Scientology.

CORRECTION: Assignment to be completed by Class 8

Read Chapter 5 of the textbook.

Read Petty, Cacciopo et al (1994) : http://people.umass.edu/psyc392a/pdf/petty.etal.1994.pdf

(The Festinger and Carlsmith is now an Optional Reading:
http://www.psych.umn.edu/courses/summer07/lippmannb/psy3201/readings/festinger%20and%20carlsmith%201959%20-%20dissonance.pdf )

Teen pregnancy study

Link from study Fernando brought into class: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20081103/en_nm/us_children_pregnancy_media

November 7, 2008

Links to books discussed in class 6

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. Bruce Perry http://www.childtrauma.org/CTAMATERIALS/boy_raised_as_a_dog.asp

The Protean Self. Robert Jay Lifton http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=40114

And here's the reference for an interesting recent book edited by Fonagy and others (he's written tons - this is just one reference. If you're interested, google his name and you'll find his home page with all his publications):

Fonagy,P., Gergely,G., Jurist,E.J., Target,M. (2002), Affect Regulation, Mentalization and the Development of the Self New York: Other Press,

November 6, 2008

The Self: optional readings

Snyder, M., & Cantor, N. (1980, August). Thinking about ourselves and others: Self-monitoring and social knowledge. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 39(2), 222-234. Retrieved November 4, 2008, doi:10.1037/0022-3514.39.2.222

Note: Snyder has many other articles on self-monitoring that may be of interest.

Taylor, S., & Lobel, M. (1989, October). Social comparison activity under threat: Downward evaluation and upward contacts. Psychological Review, 96(4), 569-575. Retrieved November 4, 2008, doi:10.1037/0033-295X.96.4.569

Short excerpt from Mead on the "I" and the "Me": http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Mead/socialself.htm

Assignment to be completed by Class 7


Goffman, E. (1956) Chapter 1 from The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Doubleday. CORRECTION: READ INTRODUCTION (NOT CHAPTER 1). I GAVE INTRODUCTION OUT IN CLASS AND THAT'S THE CORRECT READING.

Snyder (1974) Self-monitoriing of expressive behavior

See suggested readings for optional readings.