October 23, 2008

Question to Consider - Class 5

How do the ideas of the correspondence bias, defensive attributions, and the belief in a just world explain many people’s reactions to homeless people?

October 16, 2008

Question to consider: Social cognition

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using schemas and cognitive heuristics to make judgments about the social world.

October 9, 2008

Class 3 Person and Situation: Questions to Consider

I will be adding "Questions to Consider" to the website from time to time. For those students interested in keeping a learning journal (which can later be used as input to coursework), you may write 200 words on each of these questions. If you are unsure what or how to write, one approach is to imagine you're writing a short letter to a friend to explain what you have been learning in class.

This week's question is:

How might situational and dispositional (person) elements be interacting in the current financial crisis?

Here's the other question I promised from class:

Zimbardo's article is The psychology of Evil. Understanding How good people are transformed into perpetrators. Let’s think about how we can use what he discusses to look at the Psychology of Good – how do we help people be good? Using some of Zimbardo's findings, brainstorm what types of situations might we design to help people be good?