Monthly Archives: July 2017

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 | 13 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 | 10 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

Diffusion of Responsibility Through Facebook

Nice post from a student who took PSY 13 a year ago, exploring diffusion of responsibility as it occurs on-line (and here at Tufts).  With the (anonymous) student’s permission, I’m re-posting it below.  Take a look and let us know … Continue reading

Posted in Bystander Effect, Chapter 11, Tufts | 15 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

PSY 13, Louis CK-Style

Jerry Seinfeld and friends (see first lecture) are not the only comedians wise to the power of situations.  Check out the clip below; Louis CK summarizing our entire semester of PSY 13 in just 3 (sometimes vulgar, so language warning) … Continue reading

Posted in Chapter 1, Comedy, Power of Situations | 32 Comments