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Psych 100-Tasks to help with pressure and Social Psychology.docx

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PSYC 1115

Psych 100 February 8, 2013 Tasks to help with pressure and Social Psychology  Simple writing task: o fewer doctor visits o improvements in long-term immune function o improved GPA, reduced absenteeism from work o reemployment following job loss, … Writing about worries before a test:  first test, instructed to do your best  second test, people told if they got a high score, they + partner receive money. Had IV. Half people control, half writing.  control group scored lower, average 12%, on the test  those in writing group scored +5%  tried with a different group to write about an irrelevant topic, scored similar to those who sat and did not write before task  Writing reduces load on working memory  Writing about stressors can improve well-being, organize thoughts data behind journal writing being able to help solve problems Social Psychology  Social psychology is.. the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to each other study of how people influence others’ behavior, beliefs, and attitudes the study of how people interact with their environments, including real and imagined others, contexts, and culture [imagined others = people who are not physically there but can impact behaviour]  Categories of behaviours: 36% antisocial, 19% non-normative, 36% neutral, 9% prosocial responses same in prison as school  Deindividuation: when group influences are so strong that people lose self- awareness as individuals heightened arousal + diffused sense of responsibility = do things (positive and negativ
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