Author Archives: Samuel Sommers

Tweeting Out Reactance

On to Chapter 7… Interesting story here on what happened in Turkey a few years ago when the government banned Twitter. Short answer? Twitter use skyrocketed. Reactance at its finest, perhaps?

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More on the Psychology of Hazing

Per our discussion of dissonance, check out this interesting blog post on the psychology of hazing.  Relevant to Chapter 6’s discussion of cognitive dissonance and our need to justify behavior, but also a variety of interesting topics we have discussed … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 6, Cognitive Dissonance, Groups, The Self | 28 Comments

Pro-Social at Tufts?

This post was written by a student in last summer’s PSY 13 course, and is shared with the student’s permission… I used to be involved with Tufts Free Compliments and after reading Chapter 11, specifically the bit about positive psychology, … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 11, Prosocial Behavior, Social Perception, Tufts | 20 Comments

What Men Really Want (at least in terms of prosocial behavior)

Some interesting research that integrates several different issues we’ve been discussing: helping behavior, social norms, and self-esteem.  Basic finding?  Men don’t like it so much when another man holds a door open for them. Reactions, questions, or comments?  (Other than … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 11, Chapter 5, Gender, Prosocial Behavior, Social Norms, The Self | 22 Comments

The Laptop vs. Notebook Debate

Here’s a link to a brief story describing the study I mentioned in a lecture in Week 2 regarding how taking notes via laptop differs, cognitively speaking, from taking notes by hand. 14 years ago when I started at Tufts, … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 3, Social Cognition, Tufts | 32 Comments

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

We’re talking about the Fundamental Attribution Error this week, and so when the following link popped up on my Facebook feed, it seemed a nice fit for the class blog.  I’ve stolen the title of this post from here, an … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 4, Fundamental Attribution Error, Social Perception | 12 Comments

Cross-Cultural Social Perception (in this case, of beauty)

A student who took PSY 13 with me a year ago sent me a link this week.  It’s to an interesting story on the Huffington Post in which a reporter sent a picture of herself (right) to contacts in 25 … Continue reading

Posted in Attraction, Chapter 10, Chapter 4, Cross-Cultural, Media, Social Perception | 12 Comments

The NFL’s Least Favorite Super Bowl Ad

This ad first started making the rounds on my Facebook feed during Super Bowl XXXVIII a few years ago.  Stick with it all the way to the end for the payoff: For those non-football fans out there, it’s an ad … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 3, Media, Racial Bias, Schemas, Stereotypes, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

More on Schemas, Expectations, and Race

Reactions in light of our new topic of social cognition? What’s the relevance here of schemas?  The type of associations Eberhardt et al. (2004) discuss?  For that matter, what about the bystander intervention component at play here?

Posted in Bystander Effect, Chapter 3, Media, Racial Bias, Schemas, Social Cognition, Stereotypes | 9 Comments

Kitty Genovese, Revisited

A documentary, The Witness, was released a year ago revisiting the murder of Kitty Genovese. Some details can be found in this article. The movie tries to dispel some popular myths about the case. It turns out, contrary to news reports … Continue reading

Posted in Bystander Effect, Chapter 11, Prosocial Behavior | 18 Comments