HW # 1: “You” and Social Context (Practice Grade: 10 points)

     This homework is designed to emphasize the focus of social psychology and the importance of social context in influencing your behavior and mental processes. You will be observe yourself acting and interacting in two different social contexts and then will do a comparison of the “You” that you present in each social context.


    1. Choose two different social contexts that you will encounter this week in everyday life, and commit to observing yourself for 15 minutes in each social context. For example, you may observe yourself in a particular class, at work, at a family gathering, at a sporting event or practice, etc. as various social contexts to choose from.
    2. Write down your observations for each social context.

    Observation Requirements:

    1. Describe the Social Context with the place, date, time of day, and who was present at each social context.
    2. What were you doing in each social context? Give as much detail as possible.
    3. What did you say, what type of body language, facial expressions, and so forth did you say or give off in each social context?
    4. How did you feel in each social context? Give as much detail as possible.
    5. How did you modify what you did or said in each social context according to the social context? Were there any behaviors that you felt that you were unable to exhibit in one context versus the other?  
    1. Answer the comparison question: Do you feel like your sense of self, or “You,” was the same “You” in both social contexts, or was the “You” very different? What does this imply about a true “self” or “You?” Explain your thoughts using your observations and understandings of your “self.” This response will likely be a ¾ page, single-space, hand written.


    HW # 2: Attraction HW (Practice Grade: 10 points)

    1. Read the article titled, To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This by Mandy len Catron. Make sure to check out the 36 Questions That Lead to Love as well 
    2. Write a ½ page, single-spaced, response to this article.  Consider whether you agree or disagree with her asertion, and whether you have any questios for her article.   (If you glance at the Unit notes on the 3 Key Ingredients to attraction, compare THIS key ingredient to the others you see. How do they compare?  Do they complement one another, etc.)
    3. **Feel free to view links to research, other articles, or podcasts to strengthen your knowledge base on this research. (This TED Talk by the author is great.)
    4. Come to class prepared to discuss the article with your peers.


    HW # 3: Attitudes, Attribution Theory, and Altruism (Practice grade: 0 points)
    1. 1.Read Text pages 312-317 focusing on the following terms: 
      • Attribution Theory
      • Situational & Dispositional Attribution
      • Self-Serving Bias
      • Attitude
      • Foot-in-the-Door Phenomenon
      2. Read Text pages 341-343 focusing on the following terms:
      • Altruism
      • Bystander Effect
      3. Read Text pages 352-353 focusing on superordinate goals and how to achieve cooperation