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Jenny O

Joined 24 July 2008

Social Psychology E-PortfolioEdit

Semester 2, 2008

  • This e-portfolio follows the study of social psychology over a university semester
  • Its purpose is to provide an ongoing, assessable learning activity to help students record, explore, synthesise and share their learning (James Neill)
  • Regular contributions will be made to these pages over the next 15 weeks
  • Others are invited to comment and share their views

Lecturer: James Neill

Textbook: Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2008). Social psychology and human nature (1st ed.) Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.


Monday 3 November 2008

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Tutorial & Assessment ReflectionsEdit

Tutorial reflections

  • Tutorial One: Introduction
  • Tutorial Two: Communication
  • Tutorial Three: Prejudice, aggression and prosocial behaviour
  • Tutorial Four: Cross-cultural training
  • Tutorial Five: Australian zeitgeist

Assessment reflections

Further ReadingEdit

  • Students as research participants
  • What is culture?
  • Groups
In a study of humans Krause (2008) found that only 5% of a group is needed to influence the others to unconsciously flock like sheep



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Lecture ContentEdit


  • What is social psychology?
  • Unpacking this description of social psychology
  • Revised definition of social psychology

The Social Self

  • The conceptual definition of the self
  • The operational definition of the self

The Self in Action: Behavioural Control

  • Goals
  • Freedom to act
  • Choice
  • Reactance
  • Self-regulation
  • Irrationality and self destruction

Social Thinking

  • Attributions
  • Beliefs
  • Attitudes
  • Consistency
  • Social influence and persuasion



Ghosts of Rwanda

  • Malevolence
  • Benevolance


  • Attraction and Exclusion
  • Close Relationships


  • What is a group?
  • Concepts, theories and studies
  • Group decision-making
  • Leadership

Prosocial Behaviour

  • What is prosocial behaviour?
  • Cooperativeness, forgiveness, obedience and conformity
  • Why do people help others?

The Environment

  • Environmental psychology
  • Built environments
  • Natural environments

Final thoughtsEdit