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. Brace yourselves everyone, they just get worse and worse.

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

What Does the IAT Tell Us?

NYT2008111411260447CIn our second lecture on Prejudice, we discussed the Implicit Association Test (IAT). In fact, I asked you to take a low-tech version of the test as part of that lecture. And you can take multiple versions of the test on-line at the Project Implicit website.

I promised in that lecture more opportunity to discuss the IAT. Well, here we are. What do you make of the demonstration we did as part of that lecture? Do you buy the IAT as a measure of implicit bias? Why or why not? If not, what do you think the IAT is actually measuring? What other questions do you want to see answers to in trying to come to conclusions about the IAT?


Posted in Attitudes, Chapter 13, Racial Bias, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Stereotypes | 6 Comments

Gender Stereotypes and Toys


There you have it.  Our discussion of toys and gender stereotypes in a nutshell.

Posted in Chapter 13, Gender, Stereotypes | 20 Comments

Video Games and Racial Stereotypes

black-video-game-character-from-Saints-Row-2Here’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 topics we’ve discussed recently: media effects, aggression, and stereotyping.

Reactions to these findings?

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

Stock Photos and the Modern Working Woman

Interesting story from the NY Times regarding how outdated “stock photos” are of working women. (In the way of background, stock photos are those images websites, blogs, etc. choose from when they run a story on a particular topic).

nytimesApparently, most current stock photos of businesswomen and working mothers are pretty one-dimensional and unrealistically glossy.  The article and its accompanying slide show with examples of the newer, updated photos (example on right)–which include more images of men spending time with their families as well–provide an interesting take on our conversation about schemas, images, and social categories like race and gender (and give a bit of a preview for our discussion next week on issues related to stereotyping in Chapter 13).

Posted in Chapter 13, Chapter 3, Gender, Schemas, Stereotypes | 7 Comments

Talking Body

From a PSY 13 student:

I stumbled upon this website and I thought that it was interesting and related to what we talked about at the beginning of the semester about how we perceive others based on their body language and facial expressions. I just figured I’d share!

Posted in Chapter 4, Social Perception | 7 Comments

College and “Hookup Culture”

imageA few years ago, Time ran a piece called The Truth About College HookupsInteresting stuff in it regarding the ambiguity of that phrase “hookup,” students’ perceptions of the relationship/sexual climate at college, and differences between what everyone assumes is going on around campus and what really is (a form of pluralistic ignorance, perhaps?).

Check it out for a take on how some of the issues we’re discussing this week play out among college students. Thoughts? Criticisms? Questions? Does reading this piece make you think about any specific topics from Chapter 10?

Posted in Attraction, Chapter 10, Tufts | 14 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 to have long term relationships- and might be destroying the institution of marriage altogether.
One of my friends who just got engaged said, you know, its really about deciding to focus your attention on one person. What do you guys think?
Posted in Attraction, Chapter 10, Media | 25 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 lecture…

Radiolab did a segment on it and tracked down Nick and Ibrahim. You can find the whole thing here. Skip to the 17:00 minute mark on the audio to pick up the story where we left it and to hear the two contestants’ retroactive take on their interaction. And here’s the youtube clip of the conclusion of the actual show if you want to watch it again:

Posted in Chapter 9, Groups, Media | 10 Comments

Door in the Face!

From a student in PSY 13:

When we learned about the door in the face technique, I immediately thought of this “Calvin and Hobbes” strip:

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Bad luck for Calvin–his mom must have taken Social Psych!  Can you think of examples from your own life?

Posted in Chapter 8, Comedy, Compliance | 15 Comments