PSYC315 Full Course
DQ1 Research Theory
Deception is used in research in order prevent participants
from behaving in an expected way. For example, if participants know they are
being observed about how angry something makes them, they may behave with more anger
since that is what the study is about. Or they may want to seem as though they
do not easily anger and try to show no anger at all.
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Deception can be a helpful tool in conducting experiments.
Discuss when and how much deception is acceptable and when a researcher has
taken deception too far.
DQ2 Research Design
Social Psychology is applicable to a number of everyday
For this question describe a theory in social psychology
that you would like to know the answer to. Then describe how you would go about
setting up an experiment to study your idea. PSYC315 Full Course
What is your hypothesis? What are the independent and
dependent variables? How would you determine causality or correlation in this
Week 2 discussion
DQ1 The Influence of Culture
This discussion references the part of CO 3 that covers self
in a social world. Culture is one of the two major independent variables that
influences our self-concepts. Think of culture as a master script for our
shared values, beliefs, ideas, and behaviors that is handed down from one
generation to the next.
Individualism is an important cultural dimension in America.
What is individualism, and how does it impact the way that we think of
ourselves? Contrast your answer with the concept of collectivism and how it
makes a person think of himself or herself.
DQ2 Attributing Cause and Effect
This discussion references CO4 with respect to impressions
we form of ourselves and others.
Suppose your friend Lucy gets a hot last-minute deal on a
7-day trip to Cancun and misses the first 5 days of Week 3 in her online course
at Chamberlain. As a result, she loses 15 of 30 discussion points, incurs a
30-point penalty for the late submission of an assignment that is worth 50
points, and also has so little time to study for the quiz that she earns only
55 of 100 possible points. You believe she was irresponsible, but you also are
her friend. When she asks your opinion concerning the fact that the professor
would not cut her a break, your response seems to be plagued by illusion of transparency
discussed in Chapter 2. How has this social psychological concept impacted your
response to her?
Week 3 discussion
The Influences of Gender
This discussion references CO 6 as it applies to social
influences of which we may not be aware. Gender is the socially defined set of
characteristics that are assigned to a category based on one’s biological sex.
There are three biological-sex categories: male, female, and intersex (having
both male and female sex organs). The terms man and woman are the gender
categories with which you may be most familiar.
What does it mean to be a man and woman in our society? What
kinds of social roles are perceived to be appropriate for men and women? PSYC315 Full Course
Week 4 discussion
DQ1 Conformity in Group Life
The study of conformity involves why people are likely to
change their behaviors or beliefs as a result of real or imagined group
pressure. Your textbook describes three types of conformity. If your employer
has a policy that employees must wear business attire when making a presentation
to clients, which type of conformity is implied: compliance, obedience, or
acceptance? What about the situation led you to your conclusion?
DQ2 Doomsday Cults
This discussion references CO 7 which is specifically about
cults and the social processes within them. The CO references new religious
organizations called doomsday cults, though we may also touch on other new
religious organizations that are not apocalyptic.
Consider Jim Jones, Marshall Applewhite, and David Koresh.
What characteristics do or did these doomsday cult leaders have in common?
Week 5 discussion
This discussion references CO 5 as it applies to
stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Some relevance to CO 3 is also
implied with respect to the sense of social self, self-concept, and
We will approach the subject by observing that being the
target of discrimination can be a life-altering experience for someone in a
target group. Access to housing accommodations is an area of American social
life in which discrimination on the basis of race and ethnicity continues, even
if not legally.
What must it feel like to sense that you are being excluded
from renting an apartment because you are a member of a visible minority?
Week 6 discussion
DQ1 Get Mad or Get Even?
This graded discussion references CO 12 as it applies to
aggression. One form of aggression that practically everybody can relate to is
road rage. Road rage is aggressive behavior by a car or truck driver in
response to the actions of another road user.
Most of us have either been targets of road rage, been the
road ragers, or perhaps both. To begin our discussion, please share a story
about road rage in your life, or the life or a friend or relative. PSYC315 Full Course
DQ2 Circle of Friends
This discussion references COs 9 and 10 as they apply to
People inherently tend to categorize the people in their
lives in terms of levels of interpersonal attraction. We perceive people who
are lovers, friends, and acquaintances differently.
Do you make a distinction in your life between acquaintances
and friends? What are the differences?
Week 7 discussion
The Games We Play
This discussion references CO 13 which is about violent
aggression – an extreme form of conflict.
In Chapter 13 (Conflict and Peacemaking), Myers starts his
coverage of what causes conflict by examining social dilemmas. What are the
characteristics of a social dilemma?
Week 8 discussion
This discussion references CO 11 as it applies to clinical
judgements, cognitive processes, psychological approaches to treatment, and
social relationships. Describe some ways new or seasoned health professionals
can develop or improve clinical judgement skills? What are the risk factors
associated with the lack of sound judgement? PSYC315 Full Course