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Psychology
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PSYC 215
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Donald Taylor

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PSYCH 215 Lecture Dec 2 Behavior in Small Groups  Social psychologists that study aggression and consider it their field; missing most important part  Aggression is behavior every society worries about because they don’t like aggression  Why would anyone be aggressive then? If every society has a norm, that says aggression is bad, why do we even have a topic? It means people are breaking the norm, they’re being aggressive  Sexual behavior is aggression. Every society worries about it, why? Because society has norms about how and when you should practice it. People seem to break it regularly  Thus, aggression and sexually are always BIG issues in society including our own  Because society has well defined norms about aggression, need to look at norms to determine what to do about it  Means all of us have some aggression in us that we would actually break the norm, and be aggressive, so much so that we do it anyways  When society says don’t be aggressive and we keep being aggressive, means aggression and sexual behavior is hardwired in us and hard to stop  EX. Blue shirt- if society says don’t wear it, you don’t. Not the same as aggression and sexuality  We need to learn how to motor behavior  Tension tells us there is something very basic about aggression- tied up with social reality, norms- that’s where we learn about them  Every text book always has a chapter on aggression followed immediately by altruism  Altruism: natural tendency of people to be nice, to be good  So social psychology wants to be balanced- aggression, negative then altruism= positive  All altruism chapters begin with a story: ought to make us really perplexed, usually start- Kitty Jenevis, young woman living in high rise in NYC, walking home was attacked and stabbed with a knife- people on their balconies watched this and did nothing, the guy who stabbed her ran away and then came back and continued to stab her, people continued to watch and did nothing o Why did no one come to help when this person was in trouble? o EX. Chinese girl, lying there and people walk by not caring, some vehicle ran over her, backed up and did it again- WENT Viral o Where’s the altruism? What’s happened to out values, how could we let this happen? o Chapter that’s supposed to be good, first question, how come we don’t help anyone? Trying to find something good, but trying to find how come we are not altruistic o First experiments- why did no one come to help Kitty? How come we are all so not altruistic? o Lead to experiments- Jim Darly at Yale, fascinated by why people didn’t help, scream or phone 911, in basement of Yale, had a lab, took some money from his grant and divided lab to make 2 rooms with door, one room looked like waiting room, and then other room into real lab o Jim set up this scenario to study kitty phenomenon, wanted to do pilot testing, recruited students to come one at a time to go through procedure to see if it worked, at Ohio state he got student o Student comes, have a seat in waiting room while we set up, the assistant in lab takes dry ice which makes smoke, put the dry ice by the door, smoke into waiting room, screams FIRE, what’s the guy in the waiting room going to do? Help or not help? o Fundamental flaw was by BAD LUCK the student for pilot study, was linebacker, he sat in waiting room, football player knocks the door down, experiments thus don’t always work the first time o Believable situation- linebacker acted, Jim’s experiment involved in half the conditions, 1 student in waiting room, in other conditions, 4 or 5 students in waiting room, dry ice and yell fire, measure reaction o To everyone’s surprise, when there is 1 person in waiting room, high probably that person is going to try to do something about the crisis, when 4 or 5 less chance they’ll do anything o In Kitty’s situation, typically the case- people watch but don’t do anything, if one person there and doesn’t do anything= bad person o Darly’s insight, part of the issue, a lot of you, don’t do much. WHY? o People were rocked by Kitty incident and experiments and started to wonder about scenario- so went back to Kitty situation and spoke to some who were on their balconies and watched o In all cases, they felt awful, all said they assumed someone else had called 911- but if everyone’s thinking that then nobody did o If alone, can’t assume anyone else- either you’ll do something or no one will o Same as Chinese situation o EX. If you have 100 people walking on St. Caths, and there’s a guy lying there, most would not stop, if someone does kneel down, there’s 99 other people who walked by- what’s normal is to walk by, the guy who stops is abnormal= NORM, unless first person stops and everyone else follows suit, abnormal o For 1 person who stops, 100 others don’t- norm is that you don’t stop  How do groups influence us?  Part of social psychology bridges individual and society  When it comes to asking question what about groups? (except indirectly, culture and norms)that’s not what social psych did  Group for social psych= small collection of individuals, usually less then 10. Asked: would an
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