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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC14H3
Professor
Sisi Tran
Semester
Fall

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Cross-Cultural Psychology Lecture 07 (cognition and perception) If...Then....Profiles Meaningful patterns of variability (Mischel and Shoda, 1995) - the behavior is based on both the person and the situation - Feature of if-then profiles invite questions about a person’s construal of situations, motivations, goals, and expectations - Cognitive affective Units (CAUs) - categories/constructs - expectations and beliefs - emotions - goals - competencies/Self-regulatory plans Cognitive Affective Processing system - CAUs operate within an interconnected network... to ultimately predict behavior - Different pathways become activated in relation to features of the situations - situations are encoded (in the encoding process) which activate different CAUs based on the interactions among mediators and the situation, ultimately leading to behavior - Physical culture: Institutions, rites, practices (eg. gym, bank, college) - it is something concrete and very specific. - Subjective culture: cultural beliefs, meaning systems (eg. protestant work, ethic, personal agency) - Nominal situations (eg. exams, working out, power breakfasts) Cultural Cognitive Affective processing systems - application: - sensitivity to race-based relations - dynamic that is based on particular experiences being more likely to occur to members of a particular group - psychology of minority groups members must be understood within the groups own context and historical background - Starting with physical culture: (eg. segregated neighbors, discrepant quality of schools) - this will lead to subjective culture: (eg. societal stereotypes, prejudice) - Nominal situations (eg. work settings, rejection sensitivity dynamic in the person being prejudiced) - nominal situations apply to feature of the situation - subjective culture influences availability/accessibility of CAUs - the CAUs are activated by the situation and subjective culture, which also leads us to appraisals of the features of the situation (going back in the cycle of the map) - the final product of this map is a “If.. then... profile” - the behaviors that we have can affect our situations (ex. if you are always being an aggressive person, you may find yourself picking fights), your behaviors determine what kind of situations you put yourself in (self-selection processes) - potential for cultural shifts (your behaviors cause you to try and change/affect your subjective culture) - (map of this theory in lecture slides) In Class exercise: Midterm exam - Features of culture - Feature of the physical culture: the people, the time, the place (university setting, the lecture hall), the professors, educational system - Features of the subjective culture (internalizing culture essentially): competition, striving for better marks (or value for better grades), getting what we need to compete in the future, the exam is a measurement of our knowledge - Features of other nominal situations within the culture: the exam itself - Features of this specific situation: quite room (silence), individualized (individual performance), you’re being monitored, time frame, the kind of seating - Cognitive affective units to this specific situation: good grades (goals), nervous about the exam (emotions), knowledge that is being tested (categories and constructs), not cheating (competencies/self-regulatory plans) - Behaviors Enacted During this situations: studying, lack of sleep
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