Essays Part I:
Your writing should illustrate knowledge of the concepts
through an original personal and/or professional integration
of the assigned text material. All assignments MUST be typed,
double-spaced, in APA style, and must be written at graduate
level English. The content, conciseness, and clarity of your
answers will be considered in the evaluation of your work.
You must integrate the material presented in the text and cite
your work according to APA format. Legal, ethical, and
cultural considerations must be included when applicable.
Please discuss each question “in your own understanding” using
and citing the course text to support your discussions.
Your answers to each question should be
approx. 1 page
Your entire assignment must be 4-5 pages total plus a title and reference page.
1. Research suggests that most people have "positive
illusions." Explain what positive illusions are, identify the
general function of positive illusions, and identify the
three different types of positive illusions that people have.
Then give an
originalexample [not from the text] of each.
2. What does research suggest about the mindset of people
who are suicidal? In particular, where do suicidal people
stand in terms of their self-awareness, their level of
emotionality, and the levels of meaning at which they are
3. Define scripts and schemas, explain how they enable us
to better process information. Give an
originalexample [not one from the text] of each.
4. Briefly describe the different ways in which
emotions can improve or hinder judgments, decision-making,
and performance. When and why are they helpful and when and
why are they harmful?
5. Much research suggests that people's attitudes
are not predictive of their behaviors. However, in some
cases, people's attitudes ARE highly predictive of their
behaviors. Identify at least three factors that increase
Compare and contrast major theorists and the concepts of social perception and social cognition
Formulate the concepts of group function, social influence, interpersonal conflict, and pro-social behavior
Discriminate and assess the determinants of aggression
Integrate cultural, legal, and ethical issues of social psychology
Analyze some of the major contemporary research trends in social psychology
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