INTRODUCING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
1. The Social Psychology Network is a comprehensive
online source for everything related to social psychology. Why not browse the
main web page and get excited about the possibilities of the field?
Network, the largest social psychology database on the Internet.
2. The American Psychological Association is the premiere
psychological association in the United States. At this site you can find links
to all branches of psychology. Every student should visit this site as a course
3. The American Psychological Society is another
professional organization that seeks to promote an understanding of
psychological science as applied to the human condition. This organization also
coordinates research valuable to teachers and students of psychology.
Also the link below
contains some valuable articles relating to teaching and learning psychology.
“portals” or gateways to the field are great ways to explore the
vast internet resources in psychology and social psychology.
Mega psych is an up to date and
well-designed site that offers the student enormous resources to due research,
write papers and further explore social psychology.
5. Psych Webb by Russ Dewey. His web site contains lots
psychology-related information for
students and teachers of
6. Another Psychology
portal that is an excellent reference for all things psychological is About.com. The links are for the undergraduate student
in psychology and the lay public. But it’s ease of reading and breadth of
material is truly rewarding.
7. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This
professional journal offers many articles related to social psychology and
personality at no charge.
8.What do all of the
Social Psychology terms mean? A Social Psychology
Glossary is a wonderful website that gives an easy access to common
terms in the field.
Psychology Resources on the Web
This site is one of
the best on the web and one of the most comprehensive for all branches of
10. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology Home
This is the website
for the largest social psychology organization in the world.
They have a mentorship
program that helps minority students with career related concerns. The SPSP Mentorship Program can be found at http://www.spsp.org/divprog.htm
11. What is evolutionary psychology? What is its
relationship and relevance to social psychology?
Evolutionary Psychology for the Common Person
This website is a good site to explore these questions and
more about evolutionary psychology.
Tests for Student Use
What kinds of surveys do social psychologists use and what
kinds of concepts do they measure?
website is at Atkinson College of York University in Canada. Have a handful of
useful measures that illustrate the type of instruments that social
psychologists use and the different concepts that can be measured by these
Chapter 2: RESEARCH
METHODS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
1. Students can
participate in actual online research.
This page contains
links to web-based experiments, surveys, and other
2. This text and net
source talks about the use and value of doing psychological research on the
Psychological Experiments on the Internet
3. This site gives
detailed instructions for putting questionnaires on the internet.
How to Put Questionnaires on the Internet
4. This site gives detailed information
about how to do behavioral science research on the internet.
Intro to Behavioral Science Research on the Internet
5. An article on web
research from the APA Monitor with links to
addresses the many pros and cons of doing web research.
6. Psych Experiments is a site devoted to doing
psychology experiments on the internet.
Instructors will find resources here and be able to participate in many social
7. About.com social psychology subject areas provide
extensive information and links to websites concerning all aspects of social
8. What is social
psychology? What is a personality/social psychologist? York University’s
Social Psychology site has tremendous resources available for students and
instructors of social psychology. There are dictionaries, encyclopedias,
journals, professional associations, and topic specific websites.
3: THE SELF
The Personality Project is an extensive site, which studies
personality. Self-psychology is a subset of personality research and so much of
what this site has to offer is not for the light-hearted. Even so, the
adventurous student of psychology will be richly rewarded for diving in.
Self-determination theory (SDT) is
theory of human motivation concerned with the development and functioning of
personality within social contexts. Do humans make choices within the context
of their own volition and with full determination of choice? How does our sense
of self-determination affect our choices in education, health care, exercise,
mental health, parenting, etc? Questionnaires are available.
lot of self theory focuses on how we learn to emotionally attach ourselves
first to our primary caregivers, and later how that early attachment influences
are the various attachment styles and how do
they influence our current relationships?
site looks at the basics of attachment theory.
site that looks at the Five Major Dimensions of
Personality that makeup who we are and how we see ourselves is at:
Just what does the Self-mean? This site answers the
question quite simply.
What is your personality type and temperament? You can find
out by taking the Kiersey Temperament Sorter at:
After taking the Kiersey Sorter,
you can find out more about your four lettered Jungian type at the these two
is self-efficacy and how is it being researched?
Current Directions in Self Research: Self-efficacy
Who Am I???? Find out where sociology and psychology meet.
Take the Twenty-Statement Test.
is subjective emotional well-being? How does it
influence the self-concept and how is it measured? Dr.
Ed Diener's Home Page defines the concept and
discusses current research in the field.
International Society for Self and Identity
This is the web site for a professional organization that
is dedicated to the scientific study of the self. Why not visit and see the
range of topics currently being discussed?
SELF-PRESENTATION AND SOCIAL PERCEPTION
can you understand another person’s point of view if you are not aware of
your own views?
Social Perception in the Study of Psychology try’s to answer
this question. People respond not on the basis of reality, but on their
perception of reality.
Is the perception of people and their behavior unbiased?
This web show slide shows that we form impressions in some
How do our self-schemas
affect our social perception and interpersonal interaction?
This site offers a slide show to answer the question.
well do you manage impressions? Take a short
questionnaire and find out at:
How self-conscious are you
and how do you hide yourself from others? Take a short questionnaire and find
do you relate to others on issues of interdependence? Take a short
questionnaire and find out at: A Measure of Relational
Why do people make excuses and how does it affect the
Excuses, emotions and in between.
does self-attribution and self-handicapping affect self-esteem?
THE ROLE OF SELF-HANDICAPPING AND SELF-ATTRIBUTIONS IN MEDIATING
SELF-ESTEEM This article answers the question.
9. How does the self-serving bias affect our reactions to success and
Self-Serving Attributional Reactions to Success
Millennium Project. This site lists the top one hundred works in cognitive
science in this past century. Not all of the articles relate to social
cognition. Most of the articles relate to foundational studies that a serious
psychology student will find fascinating. Click on the link “view the top 100 links” on
the web page.
Social Cognition Paper Archive and Information
Center. This site contains many articles on topics and research
related to social cognition.
much do you need to think about things and do you tend to think things through?
Take a short questionnaire and find out.
A classic experiment on how you view yourself and your
loyalty in relationship to others.
The internet has influenced our lives as much as radio and TV. Has the internet
affected us negatively by reducing social involvement and psychological
well-being? Researchers and social critics are debating whether the internet is
improving or harming participation in community life and social relationships.
6. Counterfactual Research News
The following link looks at research on counterfactual
thinking. Haven’t you ever thought “what if scenarios”
wondering how the world or your life might have changed if certain
circumstances had changed. Visit this site for a wonderful look at what
“what if’ thinking can do for you.
online slide show of attitudes and attitude change.
Psychologists Studying Attitudes.
link below will provide you with an extensive list of research psychologists
that have conducted or are conducting research on attitudes.
How do psychologists measure the affective
and cognitive components of attitudes?
Fill out the questionnaire on this website and find out.
is affect control theory? This site looks at how
our emotions and attitudes change to be appropriate to the situation.
Can attitudes affect your health and well-being? Attitudes: key to Health, Happiness & Longevity is
a site that offers questionnaires to help you determine how your attitudes
might affect your health.
do tobacco ads influence behavior?
site gives explicit instruction on internet-based persuasion designed to teach
people not to smoke. Follow the first link and follow the instructions.
second link is the site that tries to convince you not to smoke by taking
How did the government convince people to go to war in
World War II? What methods of persuasion did they use? This site shows some of
the ways in which persuasion was used.
The Powers of Persuasion
is advertising used to persuade us to buy a product, service, or idea?
Research Resources offers quite an extensive list of resources that may
persuade you to buy.
is another extensive link to advertising resources at
the University of Iowa.
is a great mini lecture on persuasion at Steve's Primer
of Practical Persuasion and Influence.
How do cults get control of your mind and can you break
free if you are a victim?
Steve Hassan’s Freedom of Mind Center
More information can be found about cults and their use of
Information about Cults and Psychological Manipulation
PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION
is an organization that educates us about prejudice and discrimination. It is
an excellent site that contains many articles related to this chapter. This
site contains the Implicit Association Test,
which you can take to see what hidden biases you may have.
This site has many different types of tests to check for
other types of hidden biases.
Ten Myths About Affirmative Action- an excellent essay on the myths of
Affirmative Action: A Review of Psychological and Behavioral
article is a lengthy but informative of the various research done on
What psychological theories explain prejudice and
discrimination against minorities?
Psychological Explanations of Conflicts between
Ethno cultural Minorities and Majorities
is one of the most influential anti-racist organizations in the United States?
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is still going strong
after 93 years.
is sexism? Are women’s equal rights still at issue? The National Organization for Women has championed
women’s rights at many levels. Some people have become complacent about
women’s rights. But sexism is still alive and well.
are the facts about sexual orientation, aids, and human rights?
site: Sexual Orientation: Science, Education, and
Policy tries to separate fact from fiction.
and discrimination are everywhere in our heterogeneous population. Overweight
people are not taken seriously and are discriminated against on the job, in
public areas, etc. What organizations is there that educate and lobby for a
greater understanding of our overweight population?
The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance has done much to
elevate the self-esteem and empowerment of the overweight.
9. American Association of University Women
This website promotes equity and for women and
girls in an effort to limit gender discrimination.
9: SOCIAL INFLUENCE
Transforming People into Perpetrators of Evil by Philip Zimbardo. This is a classic
article by a first class psychology professor. How aggression and cruelty are
reinforced in people through institutionalization.
Compliance, Conformity, and Obedience- a list of links that give short lessons
on some famous experiments in social psychology that still ring true today.
3. Implicit Association Test
link is another excellent site to take the implicit association test. It will
give you an excellent insight as unconscious bias.
4.Influence at work.
The following looks at influence in the workplace and in academic setting.
is a primer on persuasion and influence.
site is an excellent overview of how propaganda is used to persuade and
How is propaganda used in warfare?
Visit the site Propaganda and Psychological
Warfare and find out.
is an extensive and entertaining site that tries to teach us how cults and cult
thinking can influence us.
9.What is the role of emotional functioning in the social
competence of children? Is there reasonable evidence that accuracy in reading
the emotions of others is related to children's social status?
Emotional Correlates of Social Competence In
Children's Peer Relationships
do cults persuade and influence others? Are cults harmful to people or do they
fill psychological and social needs?
AFF Cult Group Information
This website contains information about cults, mind control, and
Center for the Study of Group Processes is located in the
Sociology Department at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. This is a good
site for looking at various research studies aimed at group processes. Pay
special attention to their current research link in social psychology.
2. Forsyth’s Group Dynamics Home Page
To quote from this page” For centuries, sages and
scholars have been fascinated by groups--by they way they form, change over
time, dissipate unexpectedly, achieve great goals, and sometimes commit great
This is an excellent resource for many aspects of group
3. Center for the Study of Group
Processes is based at the Sociology Department
At the University of Iowa in Iowa City. It publishes an
electronic journal Current Research in Social
Psychology that provides articles of interest to group behavior.
4.Center for the
Study of Work Teams. This is a site at the University of North
Texas that studies work teams.
offer some articles about work teams authored by some of the their graduate
students that you will find interesting.
Team Builders Plus. This is an extensive
site dealing with human relationships and team building. The topics are too
numerous to list, but you will find nearly every pertinent topic that applies
to group process and team building.
What's My leadership Style?
Take a short questionnaire and find out at:
7. Center for Leadership Studies
This web site contains the findings of studies
on the dynamics of leadership and how it affects a group.
8. What are self-directed work teams? How can you improve teamwork?
Self-Directed Work Teams
Shyness-something that influences so many millions of us. The Shyness Home Page has many links that look at the
effects of shyness and measures it with several questionnaires. After taking
the questionnaires, helpful information is given to understand shyness and what
a person can do about it.
2. What sexual
scientists know about…this link provides some free brochures from The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
3. Sexology netline. This is a scientific research and
educational site dedicated to providing information and knowledge about human
4. Facial Expression Home Page
wanted to know about how to read facial expressions and the research associated
to studying nonverbal communication.
5.What makes certain personality characteristics attract and repel each
According to the interpersonal principle of
complementarity, dominance invites submission, submission invites
dominance, hostility invites hostility, and friendliness invites friendliness.
This site looks at these complementary relationships.
you measure female attractiveness on the internet and in the laboratory? What
differences would there be if you used such different methods for measuring
and Internet Collected Judgments of Female Attractiveness are Similar and
Marriage and Family Therapy On The World Wide Web
comprehensive site has links from A to Z on every aspect on marriage and family
without partners give us information and advice about the most of intimate
relationships: between parents and their children without the help of the
traditional family network.
How independent and interdependent are you? Take
a short questionnaire and find out at:
do you do when intimate and sometimes long term relationships don’t work
out? Approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce in the United States. What
legal, self-help organizations, and support exist for divorcees?
The Divorce Central Home Page is a good place to find out.
is everywhere. Where can you find out what you need to know when you need to
know it? The Society For Human Sexuality is a
good place to start.
can I go for scientific information about human sexuality?
The Kinsey Institute is well known human sexuality research center.
Where do you go just for information about any number of
intimacy related information?
What keeps you from engaging in intimate
9. Can early intimate relationships influence later
Imago: The Institute For Imago Relationship
Therapy is another site that has helped thousands of people stay
together and deepen their relationships. Imago therapy is based in part on
depth psychology heavily influenced by Carl Jung.
The Brain Connection is one of the best sites on the web dealing with how the
brain affects behavior.
Brain Connection also has feature articles that deal specifically with
motivation, emotion, and aggression.
A wonderful site that looks at many different aspects of
aggression in human relationships is at the Minnesota
Center Against Violence and Abuse.
against children is all too prevalent. A wonderful site that gives extensive
information about aggression against children is Child
Exploitation and Obscenity Section.
Abuse and aggression against the elderly is a
growing concern as the population of the aged is increasing in our country.
What are the signs and symptoms of aggression against the elderly? How do you
stop the aggression? Can the aggression happen to you or your parents or
grandparents? Find out at:
How are drugs and alcohol related to violence and
aggression? How do you deal with the violence caused by
drugs and alcohol? What are the symptoms and treatment of such
Violence and aggression occur in dating relationships. What
is the likelihood of being attacked in a dating relationship? What are the
signs and symptoms an individual should look for in a potentially dangerous
Dating violence: Articles, fact sheets, and other
Terrorism is in the news and will be for a long time to
come. What is it? How does it differ from war? Where is it likely to come from?
What can we do about it?
Terrorism: Articles, fact sheets, and other
Survivors feel the results of aggression for a long time
and it influences their lives for year to come. What resources are there for
the survivors of violence? What stages of healing do survivors go through? When
can survivors of violence expect to feel normal and secure?
Does violence in the media cause children to behave more
aggressively? Are adults who watch more violent movies and television programs
more likely to be aggressive? Are violent video games teaching us to act out
and practice violent acts?
Violence in the media: Articles, fact sheets, and
other informative resources
Chapter 14: PROSOCIAL
- Under what
circumstances would you help someone? This site take us through the
thinking to determine the conditions that social psychologists find that
help us help or that limit the kind of help we give.
you stop to help him?
- What if you
wanted to help but could not find the organization that might match your
concerns? Guidestar-The National Database of
Nonprofit Organizations would be a good place to start.
- Can psychology
radically change society to be more altruistic and human oriented? Radical Psychology Network is certainly trying
to, check it out>
organizations are now using the internet to influence people to help
others. One of these organizations is called the Network
for Good. Check it out and see how the power of the net can be used
behavior can go political. What if you could lobby political entities to
help you achieve causes you believe in? Check out Webactive.
- How can we as
individuals help the homeless? Here is a site that lists and describes 54
54 Ways You Can Help The Homeless http://earthsystems.org/ways/
can I do to Promote Human Rights?
- Hunger in the
world is still with us even though more of us have enough to eat. How can
we eradicate hunger in our community, in our cities, in our country and in
the world? This site acts as a clearing house ideas and information to