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PSYC 2600
Chris Motz

Lecture 18 Thursday, March 17, 2011 - starting the Social/Cultural Domain (should have started on Tuesday) - And we’ll finish the last set of notes - **Final exam essay question** - Pictures of students—specifically working in the area of the juxtaposition between personality and social psychology - These two are incredibly intertwined—impossible to talk about one without the other—Walter Mischel (account for situation in personality), social psychology needs to account for personality - The Society for Personality and Social Psychology is probably one of the largest groups - Final Exam Essay  Write legibly  Professor will mark the exam essay questions  Single-space  Given single essay booklet (about 10 pages, single-sided)  But you can write on the back of pages  Most people are fine with this—if you need more, can ask for another. o Learning objective  Essay question has been posted on course website since before reading week  The question is one of those big-picture questions  “What is the definition of personality?” is the essence of the question. Getting you to think about ideas from across the whole semester.  It’s comprehensive, not cumulative—you get to go back and be very selective. Choose what you’re going to discuss in your answer.  A lot of the smaller details will naturally fade over time. Professor will look at the big picture—so whatever small details you use will have to tie into that big picture.  Show that you can have informed conversation about personality. o Time frame  1) Start by writing the essay outline. • On the back of the front cover of the booklet, jot down the points.  2) Multiple choice • Worth 2/3 of the mark of the final exam (more than the essay) • 80 questions—will take an hour and a half to two hours.  3) Essay • Could vary the time according to the time limit, whereas multiple choice will take the same amount of time no matter what • Professor will mark the papers with the expectation that you’ve only had an hour to write this. Will only expect so much detail, expansion, explanation. • Key: be selective (in what you choose to talk about—don’t just do information dunk) and focused (in the presentation of the information) • Mantra: Be selective and focused o Outline  1) Larsen and Buss definition of personality • Ch. 1—they break it down, elaborate, discuss • Start with this • Quote and discuss—should take 5-6 minutes. • You get to choose which aspects are important • Could have a sentence or two to open up the subject of the essay, but you could get straight into the definition.  2) Costa and McCrae’s Five Factor Theory • 5-6 minutes • THEORY, not the model • Draw it and discuss • What is the theory? How were Costa and McCrae defining personality through the theory? • *Link this to the six domains? • Could have a quick point about the dynamic processes (arrows)  3) Introduction to 6 Domains of Knowledge • 1-2 minutes • Don’t even bother to list them off. In the next section, we’ll go through each of them. • Here, just introduce to the idea of thee six domains • What do we mean by six domains of knowledge?  4) For Each Domain: 7 minutes—6 x 7=42 • Name it • Connect it to FFT o Ex. Dispositional domain—basic tendencies component of FFT. • Big Questions o Ex. Biological domain—is there connection between physiology and personality (and subsequent behaviour)? To what extent is personality heritable? To what extent are evolutionary forces still influencing our behaviour today? o That broke down the big questions into the three chapters of biological domain. Could do it this way. o About 2-3 questions are appropriate. • Research example o Talk about a study (not a case study—talk about research) o Ex. Zuckerman and Coolman, Geen, Eisenberg and Williams, Baldwin, etc. o One is sufficient o Details—what it was about/what they were trying to do/hypothesis, what did they do, what did they find? o Don’t need to remember researcher names, dates, or numbers o Relate this back to personality. How does it connect back to the domain? What does it tell us about people?  5) Conclusion (if there’s time) • 4-7 minutes • **ONLY IF there’s time. o Point form?  No.  Does not communicate the fullness of the idea  Relying upon the reader to insert some meaning  But if you’re running out of time, fine.  **Also, if you run out of time and don’t finish writing about the
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