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Social Psychology: identify at least two different social-psychological principles that appear to be operating in the events or individuals depicted in the film

Category: Psychology

Social Psychology: identify at least two different social-psychological principles that appear to be operating in the events or individuals depicted in the film

Extra Credit Assignment – Movie Analysis (7 points to your final grade)

 

One of the interesting things about social psychology is that its principles can be seen applied everywhere: daily life, current events, television shows, movies, etc. Your task in the movie analysis is to analyze the application of your target phenomenon in a movie. Choose one of the films listed below. Most should be available at any video rental store. View the film you choose at least once.  (Two viewings offers an advantage). Then, after reviewing your notes and readings, identify at least two different social-psychological principles that appear to be operating in the events or individuals depicted in the film (e.g., cognitive dissonance, schemas, self-fulfilling prophecies, groupthink, deindividuation, conformity, realistic conflict theory, modern racism, etc.).

 

NOTE: ONLY MOVIES FROM THIS LIST CAN BE USED

 

For each principle that you identify:

 

(a) Briefly describe the relevant scene.1 PAGE COVERS THIS

(b) Describe in detail the social-psychological principle you believe is relevant.  Your job here is to demonstrate that you understand the principle or theory, and that you can describe it in your own words. An occasional quote from your text or another source is fine, but for the most part, you should be conveying your knowledge without the aid of others’ words. You don’t need to do library research for this – using your text or your lecture notes as resources is fine – but remember the rules about avoiding plagiarism! Again, I need you to show me that you have a good understanding of the concept/principle. It’s best if you are specific about the principles you discuss. For example, don’t just indicate that your scene illustrates helping, or conformity, or persuasion, or aggression. Instead, indicate what specific theory, or principle or aspect of helping/conformity/persuasion/aggression, etc. that your scene illustrates.1 PAGE COVERS THIS

 

(c) Elaborate on how the selected scene illustrates the principle you have identified. It’s also ok to write about how a scene might fails to follow predictions derived from the social-psychological principle or theory. Where possible, make reference to how your scene maps onto specific research findings (for example, describe how the scene is similar to or different from relevant experiments you’ve read or heard about). ) It’s very important that you do more than simply say something like “this scene illustrates conformity.” You must be specific on precisely how and in what form the scene illustrates conformity, or how it fails to support what you learned about conformity in the class.2-3 PAGES COVERS THIS

 

Conclude the paper with a short discussion to bring everything together