Chapter 4 – Written Assignment

Read Chapter 4, Social Psychology (9th ed.) by Aronson, Wilson, Akert, & Sommers.

Written assignment requirements:

  • apply some concepts from chapter 4
  • At least 2 full pages (text fills 80% or more of second page)
  • 1 inch margins, 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced
  • Do not include the thought question prompts, but please mark your answers with the corresponding numbers for each question (1, 2, 3, etc.)
  • Avoid unnecessary space in your header or between paragraphs

Points will be deducted if assignments do not meet these requirements, so please be careful.

The questions uploaded in word file.

The goal of Question 1 is to provide you with some practice in identifying consensus, consistency, and distinctiveness information in an everyday situation that is not as obvious as the examples we have given in class. For this example, don’t worry about coming up with an internal or external attribution. Instead, try to figure out if Alejandra’s movie recommendation is actually going to be something you will like. There is a lot of room for interpretation here, so there isn’t necessarily one right answer. I want you to come up with some examples of questions you would ask about consensus, consistency, and distinctiveness to help you figure out if Alejandra is actually accurate in guessing that you will like this movie. If it helps, Alejandra is considered the actor here.

Question 3 mentions “defensive attributions” that can explain how people may react to homeless people. Self-serving attributions and our bias blind spot would be examples of defensive attributions.

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