PSYC Grossmont College The B

Task: Your task is to select a recent current event and interpret the situation through the lens of a social psychological construct or theory discussed in class. You will provide a detailed analysis or interpretation of the example using at least one concept or theory from the list of concepts below. 


Bystander effect

Steps that deter helping

Pluralistic ignorance

Diffusion of responsibility



Types of Conformity:

Normative Social Influence (to fit in)

Informational Social Influence (to be right)

Private acceptance

Minority influence

Obedience to Authority

Interpersonal Attraction:


Mere Exposure Effect

Misattribution of Arousal

Sternberg’s Triangle of Love

Equity Theory of Relationships

Communal vs. Exchange-based  relationships

Stereotyping & Prejudice:

Social Identity Theory   

  ingroup favoritism vs. outgroup derogation

Automatic/Controlled Processing

   Social categorization/Schemas

Implicit Bias

Structure of Paper

Opening Paragraphs: Description of Example (Personal Experience or Current Event)

  1. Provide sufficient details to explain what happened in your situation or in the current event. End the paragraph with a thesis statement that describes which social psychological theory or construct(s) you will use to explain what is happening in your example.

Body Paragraphs: Define your concept(s), then justify and defend your analysis

  1. Your primary goal is to demonstrate that you understand the concept(s) you are using and can correctly apply the concept(s) to a real life scenario. Successful papers first define the concept and clarify the meaning in their own words. (Remember to use APA citations if you use direct quotes from the text or lectures.) Please note that some theories have multiple components; you are responsible for defining or describing all relevant components in order to adequately defend your analysis.
  2. Once you have defined what your concept means, you should then elaborate or explain how your chosen example fits the definition of the concept. Your goal is to convince the reader (me) why the concept you chose correctly explains what is happening in your example. To do this effectively, you will need to reference various aspects of the example you’ve provided and then tie that example to the definition of you provided. 

Conclusion: Final Reflection

  1. What are your personal thoughts on what happened in this situation or event? Were you initially shocked or surprised by your or the other person’s behavior/event?
  2. How has learning about this concept affected you? Has it changed your thoughts, attitudes, or possible future behaviors? Discuss.

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