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Case Studies for Teaching Social Psychology
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Case Studies for Teaching Social Psychology
Critical Thinking and Application

Second Edition

Other Titles in:
Social Psychology (General)

March 2021 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

What captivates learners and interests them in studying social psychology? In Case Studies for Teaching Social Psychology, Tom Heinzen and Wind Goodfriend use brief, entertaining case stories to further enhance the historical context, evolution of, and challenges to major theories within the field. By employing a mix of unique, contemporary research and hallmark studies to illustrate classic concepts, Heinzen and Goodfriend steer students to explore new, meaningful ways of thinking about and connecting with foundational course concepts. In turn, this approach facilitates engaged conversation and deeper critical thinking both in and outside of the classroom.

 
Preface: To Students and Their Teachers
 
Chapter 1: How Do Social Psychologists Think?
To Wear or Not to Wear an Ineffective Mask: That Was the Question During the Coronavirus Pandemic

 
An Exercise About Sex and Social Interactionism

 
The Neighs Have It: Testing Theories With Experiments

 
A Painful Intuition: Bloodletting

 
 
Chapter 2: The Social Psychologist’s Toolbox
Crucial Experiments: Who’s Talking Now?

 
Ethnography: Gang Leader for a Day

 
Health Detective: The Missing Pump Handle

 
Witchcraft and False Confessions: Then and Now

 
 
Chapter 3: The Social Self
Phineas Gage: The Self With a Hole in His Head

 
The Changing Self: Identity of Transgender Individuals

 
The Disappearing Self: Lost Memory

 
The Pregnant Self: Does My Bump Look Big in This?

 
 
Chapter 4: Social Cognition
Intuition in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

 
Dual Processing Medical Diagnoses

 
Girl or Boy? Gender Socialization Begins at Ultrasound

 
Sexual Scripts and Sexual Regrets

 
 
Chapter 5: Person Perception
“Tell Me the Truth—Am I Too Pretty?” Marilyn Monroe and the Halo Effect

 
From Street Kid to Magician: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

 
Intellectual Bloomers: The Slow Creation of a Classic Study

 
The Rock in the Coffin: Terror Management Theory

 
 
Chapter 6: Attitudes and Persuasion
Cognitive Dissonance, Part I: Prelude to a Theory

 
Cognitive Dissonance, Part II: The Flying Saucer That Never Came

 
Understanding Drug Use: The Theory of Planned Behavior

 
 
Chapter 7: Social Influence
Obedience Plus: More Data From the Shock Experiments

 
Mods and Rockers: A Moral Panic

 
Big Fish Eat Small Fish: Social Coordination in a Violent World

 
 
Chapter 8: Group Processes
More Than a Game: The Prisoner’s Dilemma

 
Interpersonal Rejection: A Case Study of 14 School Shootings

 
On the Shoulders of Giantesses: The First Computer Programmers

 
 
Chapter 9: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Economic Anxiety and the Illegal Deportation of U.S. Citizens

 
Intersectionality: Sojourner Truth

 
Environmental Psychology and Institutional Discrimination: What Happened at Erasmus High School?

 
Footnote 11: After the Doll Studies

 
 
Chapter 10: Helping and Prosocial Behavior
The Misunderstood Murder of Kitty Genovese: A Continuing Case Study

 
Zombie Wasps and Altruistic Vampire Bats

 
The Bacon Truce: Cooperation Despite War

 
The Subway Samaritan: The Mathematics of Relative Altruism

 
 
Chapter 11: Aggression
Doloreisa’s Story: Aggression, Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking

 
The Great Train Robbery: Violence as Entertainment

 
The Cinderella Effect

 
 
Chapter 12: Intimate Relationships
Religion and Marriage Counseling

 
Male Victims of Relationship Abuse

 
The Influence of Dating Technology

 
Happily Ever After: Ingredients to a Long, Happy Marriage

 
 
References
 
Index

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