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Lecture 10

PSYC 1010 Lecture 10: Nov 5 2015 Lecture Notes

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PSYC 1010
Rebecca Jubis

LECTURE - November 5, 2015 Announcements Academic Advising- planning for upper year psychology • Provide program information • Open- Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30. BSB room 291 • Need to take psyc1010 before you can enroll in any upper year psychology courses. If you enrolled in any 2000 level courses for the winter term, please drop them. • Check to see if you have a final exam conflict and if so, rectify ASAP (e.g., 3 or more exams in 24 hour period). • Nov 9 - last day to drop courses Last class: Talked about learning modules (e.g., conditioning) Nov 5, 2015 class Topic: Social Behaviour Modules 42-45 2 main areas: 1. Social cognition- the study of how you perceive and evaluate others 2. Social influence – the study of how we influence each other’s behaviours, judgments, attitudes, beliefs, etc. Social Influence Compliance - agreeing to someone’s direct request or command Obedience - same thing as compliance, but person making the request is an authority figure Conformity - adjusting your behaviour or thinking to coincide with a group standard Example of a study on obedience (Milgram): • study was looking for male participants for a “learning experiment” • learner and a teacher. The learner was always a confederate (actor- was not actually getting shocked, but the teacher did not know this information) • learner was hooked up to a shock machine. Teacher was required to shock the learner whenever they got an answer incorrect. Voltage went up to 450 volts of electricity. • Wanted to see how much electricity the teacher would deliver and if they would deliver the 450 V and be completely obedient. • Most professionals (e.g., psychiatrists) did not think that participants would actually obey and deliver 450V • Experimental conditions o Remote – 65% of participants were FULLY obedient o Voice feedback (could hear learner talk and scream) – 62.5% obeyed o Proximity (teacher and learner sitting right next to each other) – 42% obeyed o Touch (teacher actually had to take learners arm and place it on shock grid) – 30% obeyed o No contact (teacher and learner never met, no feedback) – 100% obeyed. • Factors that influence obedience or willingness to obey o Social norm – unwritten rules of society that people follow (e.g., facing the doors in
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