9.A Apply attribution theory to explain motives.
9.B Articulate the impact of social and cultural categories on self-concept and relations with others.
9.C Anticipate the impact of self-fulfilling prophecy on behavior.
9.D Identify important figures and research in the areas of attitude formation and change.
9.E Discuss attitude formation and change, including persuasion strategies and cognitive dissonance.
9.F Identify the contributions of key researchers in the areas of conformity, compliance, and obedience.
9.G Explain how individuals respond to expectations of others, including groupthink, conformity, and obedience to authority.
In the early 1960s psychologist Stanley Milgram, in seeking to understand the Holocaust, ran a series of controversial experiments on obedience.
An authority orders you to inflict painful shocks on another person. Most us will obey, claimed Milgram. But will we? And were Milgram’s experiments as much art as science? In dramatizing previously un-filmed versions of the world’s most famous psychology experiment, Shock Room turns a light on the dark side of human behavior and forces us to ask ourselves: what would I do?
An experiment in Obedience and Deindividuation
produced by T.A.T. Communications, starring Bruce Davison, based on Ron Jones' writings.
A German film, directed by Dennis Gansel based on Jones' writings, this adaptation is set in a German classroom of 2008.
a documentary film, featuring Ron Jones, by Philip Neel, State of Crisis Productions. Philip Neel was an original Third Wave class member. The film has won numerous awards and now has worldwide distribution with Mercury Media International.
Solomon Asch conducted a study, exposing people in a group to a series of lines, and the participants were asked to match one line with a standard line.
All participants except one were accomplices and gave the wrong answer in 12 of the 18 trials.
The results showed a surprisingly high degree of conformity: 74% of the participants conformed on at least one trial.
On average people conformed one third of the time. A question is how the group would affect individuals in a situation where the correct answer is less obvious.
BEEP! What would you do?
9.H Describe the structure and function of different kinds of group behavior.
9.I Predict the impact of the presence of others on individual behavior.
This program examines how our beliefs and behavior can be influenced and manipulated by other people and subtle situational forces, and how social psychologists study human behavior within its broader social context.
9.J Describe processes that contribute to differential treatment of group members.
9.K Describe the variables that contribute to altruism and aggression.
9.L Describe the variables that contribute to attraction.
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