Category Archives: Media

Gender Stereotypes from Around the World

Another good one from a PSY 13 student: This buzzfeed list illustrates perfect examples of gender stereotyped products sold around the world. It immediately made me think of the boy vs. girl quilts that Professor Sommers showed us in class. … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 13, Gender, Media, Stereotypes | 17 Comments

Video Games and Racial Stereotypes

Here’s a write-up of a study that a PSY 13 student sent me last semester: video gamers playing with a Black avatar act more aggressively and subsequently exhibit more racial bias. Really fascinating (and concerning) study. And it combines several … Continue reading

Posted in Aggression, Chapter 13, Media, Racial Bias, Research Study | 13 Comments

Is On-Line Dating Actually Hurting Your Relationship?

From a former PSY 13 TA: Could all those Tinder matches be detracting from your having a stable relationship? This controversial article in the Atlantic explores how online dating- and having too many choices- could be detracting from our ability … Continue reading

Posted in Attraction, Chapter 10, Media | 23 Comments

Prisoner’s Dilemma, Epilogue

{spoiler alert of sorts: best to wait to check out this information until after you’ve watched lecture for Group Processes, Part II} Some follow-up to the discussion of the Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Golden Balls British TV show from that … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 9, Groups, Media | 7 Comments

Frustration-Aggression and Video Games

Check out the following article, which is an interesting combination of two topics we explore in the lecture on aggression: the effects of violent media and the frustration-aggression model. In the studies described, the researchers find evidence for the idea … Continue reading

Posted in Aggression, Chapter 12, Media | 5 Comments

Advertising and Attitude Change

So let’s put what we’ve read/talked about regarding attitude change into practice. Check out the ad above. What do you think, is it more likely to operate effectively via the central or peripheral route to persuasion? Why do you say … Continue reading

Posted in Attitudes, Chapter 7, Media | 21 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

On Correlations and Causation

from http://xkcd.com/552/ As you heard in our second lecture (and, undoubtedly, have heard before in previous courses in Psychology and other scientific fields), just because a correlational relationship emerges between variables in a study does not mean we know anything … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 2, Media, Research Methods, Research Study | 9 Comments