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Psychology 325: Social Psychology

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Please complete the following online assessment
(https://sonoma.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tq6PdSgNyAO2rP) before noon, Friday, December 16th. 

 

Click here to read an interesting summary of close relationships research (including John Gottman's research) from Atlantic Monthly

Click here to view a six minute OP-DOC focused on Arie Kruglanski's Need for Closure and its relevance to political polarization.

Click here to recent a recent New York Times article about how best to respond to racist, sexist and other similar kinds of comments.

Click here to read a New York Times article written by E. Badger (10/5/2016) that will very relevant to the implicit prejudice reflection assignment.

Click here to download a short review of interdependent and dependent selves written by Hazel Markus.

Click here to read an interesting opinion piece from the New York Times.

Class will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:10 - 9:50 am in Stevenson 3036.

Course Goal:

Upon completing this course, students should be able to understand and critically evaluate major research methods in psychology and the social sciences.

Course Objectives:

  • Articulate the value of empirical social science research.
  • Explain different research methods used by psychologists and other social scientists.
  • Describe how various research designs address different types of questions and hypotheses.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from empirical research. " Interpret basic statistical conclusions.
  • Distinguish between statistical significance and practical significance.
  • Evaluate the validity of conclusions presented in research reports.
  • Recognize that theoretical and sociocultural contexts as well as personal biases may shape research questions, design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the limitations of particular research methods.
  • Recognize the limitations of applying normative conclusions to individuals.
  • Acknowledge that research results may have unanticipated societal consequences.
  • Recognize that individual differences and sociocultural contexts may influence the applicability of research findings.

Recommended Text:

Stangor, C. (2007). Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing. (Please do not pay full price for any edition of this book.)

Other resources:

 

Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Stevenson 3089
664-2587
smithh@sonoma.edu

Course Assignments:
Course Project 1
Course Project 2
Course Project 3
Course Project 4
Implicit prejudice reflection assignment