Critical Response Paper #1
1. Describe three reasons it is important to conduct scientific investigations of hypotheses about social behavior.
2. What are three ethical problems that social psychologists face in conducting experiments? Would a carefully devised code of ethics be able to completely eliminate these problems? Why or why not?
3. Explain “groupthink” and the social-psychological process that underlie it. Imagine you were a member of a group that might be subject to “groupthink” processes. Based on your understanding of group conformity, what steps might you take to minimize the problem?
4. Define and give examples of compliance, identification, and internalization. Which of these has the most permanent influence on an individual’s behavior? And, under what circumstances might compliance or identification lead to internalization?
5. We have discussed a number of instances of bystander nonintervention, where people failed to help victims of crimes or accidents. Suppose you were to fall from your bicycle and break your leg. How would you arrange things (theoretically, based on this research literature) so that people would be more likely to help you, and why?
6. In general, how successful are obvious attempts to persuade? Under what conditions are direct efforts to persuade more likely to succeed? Discuss one piece of research that supports the notion that direct efforts to persuade are effective, and one that indicates that such efforts are relatively ineffective.
7. There are two major concerns surrounding the choice of news media outlets to cover some events but not others (i.e., the media’s selected emphasis). What are these concerns? Discuss the implications of at least one piece of research that elaborates on one of these issues.
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- Submitted On 15 Sep, 2017 06:18:34