Unit 16 m55 – Social Thinking How do we explain people’s behaviors? How do we explain attitudes? m56 – Social Influence What are the invisible social threads that bind and pull us? m57 & 58 – Social Relations What makes us harm or help or fall in love with others?
Social Norms Standards of behavior that a group has informally agreed upon. For example: you’re not supposed to lie ... 4
Attribution Theory Things to do on an elevator… Swat at flies that don’t exist o d uland tell them to call you Greet everyone withat w ? “Admiral” W h a handshake k… le t hin p eop Meow occasionally Say, “Ding!” at each floor. Bring a camera and take pictures of everyone “for security purposes” Yell, “GROUP HUG!” and then enforce it
Attribution Theory Fritz Heider (1950) Dispositional Attribution Error ribution rare out- ntal Att o interp People act because that’s what they et like. Funda e mdriving so crazy – what a jerk!” e.g. “He’s likely t ior We a re most s’ behav Situational Attribution ember group m to disposi ion. People act in a certain waytbecause of the situation. e.g. c ac “I rding owonder what is making him drive so dangerously?”
What are the cops thinking about the protesters?What are the protesters thinking about the cops?
Attribution Theory Philip Brickman’s (1982) Model of Helping Who is responsible for the problem? Who is responsible for the solution? e.g. Poverty? Unemployment? Drug addiction? Rape?
Attribution of Control Locus of Control, review Illusion of Control False belief that chance events subject to human control (Ellen Langer, 1975). Sometimes a positive motivator High self-efficacy “I can do it!” Mostly negative Failure to adapt, improvise, and overcome
Attribution Theory (misc) Two ego defense mechanisms: Self-serving Bias “I failed the quiz because Castro sucks.” Self-handicapping “I’m stupid – I’m totally going to fail this quiz”
Just World Theory “Some day Castro’s going to get hit by a car!” Less stress … Does this account for faith-based longevity? 13
Attitudes and Actions An attitude is a belief and feeling that predisposes one to respond in a particular way to objects, people, and events. What are some beliefs and feelings that you have that control your behavior? My beliefs & attitudes: Chocolate tastes good Lazy people deserve what they get
Attitude and Actions Attitudes will guide our actions, if – Outside influences on what we say and do are minimal; The attitude is specifically relevant to the behavior; and We are keenly aware of our attitude.
Attitudes follow behavior too. Foot-in-the-door phenomenon start small and build 16
Actions and Attitudes Role Set of expectations about a social position Defines how those in the position ought to behave. People made to play a role come to hold the attitudes that support the role.
When have you played a role that required you to do something you wouldn’t have done on your own?
Actions and Attitudes Philip Zimbardo’s (1971) Prison Experiment 24 students volunteered to be part of the prison experiment. Each was paid $15 to either be assigned the role of guard or prisoner. Less than 36 hours into the experiment, one prisoner was released for psychological health reasons. After six days (not the planned two weeks) the study was called off. Conclusion: role-playing changes minds
Do you remember a time when you realized that what you were saying did not align with what you were doing?
Actions and Attitudes When our actions, our cognition, and our behaviors are not aligned, we experience cognitive dissonance, or discomfort. Something has to give; usually our attitudes change more easily than behaviors. Festinger and Carlsmith (1959)
Conformity and Obedience To conform is to adjust your thoughts or actions to a norm. To obey is to do as an authority figure commands regardless of personal preference. To comply is to come to an agreement about a course of action.
When have you gone along with something that others have said, just because you didn’t want to stand out?
Conformity Solomon Asch (1955) studied conformity to see if people would conform to an obviously wrong opinion. 1/3 of participants went along with the obviously incorrect consensus.
Conformity Which person in Slide 2 is the same as in Slide 1? 75% conformed with “difficult judgments” as opposed to 37% for “easy judgments”
Conformity Participants on Asch’s experiment conformed because of the normative social influence. They did not want to stand out from the group and face possible ridicule; they wanted to be part of the in-group. Informational social influence is when you alter your opinion based on the belief that your opinion is incorrect.
Think of a time when someone in a position of authority made you do something that you didn’t want to.
Obedience Stanley Milgram’s (1965) experiment on obedience shocked the world. Milgram was interested in the unquestioning obedience that was apparent in the Nuremburg Trials.
Obedience What percent of people would go to the highest shock level (450 volts)? 65% of subjects went to the end, even those who protested.
Obedience Percentage 100 of subjects 90 who obeyed 80experimenter 70 60 50 40 The majority of 30 subjects continued 20 to obey to the end 10 0 Moderate Very Extreme XXX Slight (75-120) Strong strong Intense intensity Danger (435-450) (15-60) (135-180) (195-240) (255-300) (315-360) severe (375-420) Shock levels in volts
Obedience Explanations for the Milgram results: Authority of Yale University The value of Science Experimenter self-assurance and acceptance of responsibility Proximity of learner and experimenter New situation and no model of proper behavior
Obedience Original study Different building Teacher with learner Put hand on shock Orders by phone Ordinary man orders 2 teachers rebel Teacher chooses shock level 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Percentage of subjects administering the maximum shock (450 volts)
Think of a time when a group was urging you to do something ...
Group Influence Social Facilitation When it is an easy or well-learned task, or a task that one has been successful in previously, having an audience improves performance. Social Inhibition When it is a difficult task or one without previous success, an audience decreases quality of performance.
Group Influence When working in a group for a common goal, social loafing is the rule, not the exception. When working in a group, members find themselves “going along” with the flow – that’s group think. e.g. Bay of Pigs – nobody spoke up that it was a bad idea.
Group Influence Group polarization is when the group’s attitude and behavior is more extreme than any one of the individuals’ on their own. e.g. A Republican is more conservative when around other conservatives.
Group Influence People are able to do things in a group that they ordinarily wouldn’t do because of deindividuation – they are anonymous and usually more aroused. e.g. KKK and their hoods
Group Influence Minority Influence Simply being an example of objection is sufficient to encourage others to do the same. Gandhi objecting to British rule. “12 Angry Men” Asch’s experiment when group not unanimous. Prison experiment ended after 1 (out of 50 outsiders) pointed out the inhumanity. Milgram’s results when Teacher saw previous Teacher refuse.
What about the power of just one … bully?
Social Relationsm57 & 58
Prejudice Aggression Affection 48
Everyone is a prisoner of his ownexperiences. No one can eliminateprejudices — just recognize them. – Edward R. Murrow, television broadcast, December 31, 1955 49
Prejudice An unjustifiable attitude toward a group and its members. Prejudice generally involves stereotyped beliefs, negative feelings, and a predisposition to discriminatory actions.
Prejudice Jane Elliott (1968) divided her third-grade class into blue eyes and brown eyes. Brown eyes were favored for three days. Highlights in-group and out-group bias. Prejudice on a grand scale is ethnocentrism. Members of the in-group view all others with an out-group homogeneity bias.
Prejudice Results in scapegoating. For example, unemployed middle-American workers blaming the “foreigners.” How does prejudice develop?
Prejudice Social Factors Social inequalities encourage perceptions that justify discriminatory beliefs and treatment. The in-group bias causes us to favor arbitrarily those we perceive to be like us. Scapegoating suggests that our frustrations are reduced when we can blame someone else for our problems.
Prejudice Cognitive Factors Categorization encourages us to simplify the world by making people and events as predictable as possible. Categorization sometimes produces stereotypes that offer the illusion of predictability. Vivid cases determine those instances in which we are likely to overgeneralize from a few exceptional cases to a group expectation.
Culturally-influenced self-belief 55
Aggression “Any physical or verbal behavior intended to hurt or destroy.” Aggression can come from biological impulses, neural influences, biochemical influences, or frustration and anger. Frustration-aggression principle holds that frustration leads to anger which leads to aggression. e.g. increased crime rates during heat waves.
Game Theory 58
Think of your best friend. What qualities or characteristics make them your best friend?
• When you are sad - I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you that way.• When you are blue - I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.• When you smile - I will know youve ﬁnally had sex.• When you are scared - I will tease the crap out of you about it every chance I get.• When you are worried - I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and to stop your bloody whining.• When you are confused - I will use only little words.• When you are sick - Stay the hell away from me until you are well again, I dont want whatever you have.• When you fall - I will point and laugh at your clumsiness. Remember: • A good friend will help you move. • A really good friend will help you move a body.
Attraction The two keys to attraction are similarity and proximity. Opposites do not stay together. Absence does not make the heart grow fonder.
Law of Attraction Like attracts like. 64
Attraction Physical attraction is a neurologically powerful motivator; stimulates the pleasure centers of the hypothalamus Other findings: Attractive papers are scored better Attractive defendants are judged guilty less often than unattractive Physical deformities are interpreted as reflecting an inner flaw (ie Captain Hook’s prosthetic, Cinderalla’s ugly step- sisters)
Attraction There mere exposure effect is based on the idea that we have more positive feelings about things we are frequently exposed to. You like the music that your parents listened to in high school. “Vote for Honorable Pulvapies” (1972) Oregon State University and the “black bag kid”
Attraction Robert Sternberg’s (1986) Triangular Theory of Love argues that consummate love is made up of passion, intimacy, and commitment.
Altruism Altruism is the unselfish regard for the welfare of others.
Diffusion of Responsibility There were so many witnesses, each assumed the other would call for help = Bystander Effect. Diffusion of responsibility. e.g. Kitty Genovese Yes Interprets Yes Yes Notices Assumes Attempts incident asincident? responsibility? to help emergency? No No No No No No help help help